B i o g r a p h y
Richard is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music’s Opera Course, where he was privileged to perform the role of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ and as a soloist in the Academy’s complete Bach cantatas series. He is now supported by Opera Prelude.
This Autumn Richard performed with English Touring Opera, as a soloist in their productions of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and a triple Bill including a mixture of Purcell, Carissimi and Gesualdo. Earlier in the year he sang the High Priest in Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ for the Buxton International Festival. Previously he sang Ferrando in Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ with West Green Opera and, working under Graham Vick, performed the role of the Sailor in Birmingham Opera Company’s production of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’, and was Nemorino in Donizetti’s ‘Elisir d’amore’ with Jackdaws OperaPLUS. Richard has been a regular with Garsington Opera and performed as the Glassmaker in Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’ conducted by Steuart Bedford. He also sang the role of Count Almaviva in Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ with Mid Wales Opera.
Richard originally studied Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester, where he competed a PhD in the field of crystallisation and was a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral.