Portland Opera Vet Sings the Part of Leno

Tenor Richard Troxell sings Leno in his duet with Jimmy Fallon spoofing "Tonight" from 'West Side Story.'

By Aaron Scott April 2, 2013

If you thought you recognized the rich tenor streaming forth from Jay Leno’s mouth last night while he and Jimmy Fallon sang a duet addressing the rumors about the future of The Tonight Show (a funny and almost touching spoof of "Tonight" from the Broadway musical West Side Story), it’s not because Leno’s been serenading you in your late night half dreams.

It’s because his part was sung by Richard Troxell, a regular on the Portland Opera stage. Troxell has appeared as elder Galileo in Galileo Galilei (2012), the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (2009), Alfredo in La Traviata (2008), Don Jose in Carmen (2007), Macduff in Macbeth (2006), Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly (2005) and the title role in Candide (2005). And now he’s played the part of Leno’s vocal chords:

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