Ashley Riches Biography (BBC)
Ashley Riches read English at Cambridge University, where he was a member of King’s College Choir.
He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2012-14.
Ashley made his ROH main stage debut singing with Roberto Alagna in a gala concert. During his two years at Covent Garden he also appeared as Salieri in Rimsky Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, as Michael in the world premiere of Eichbert’s Glare (Linbury Studio), Morales Carmen, Mandarin Turandot, Baron Douphol La Traviata and Officer Les Dialogues des Carmelites. He has since returned to the company to sing Osmano in L’Ormindo at the Globe Theatre. Other roles previously sung include Marcello La Bohème, title roles Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Father Hänsel und Gretel, Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Sid Albert Herring, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ibn-Hakia Iolanta. Ashley made his debut for English National Opera as Schaunard La Bohème and has recently appeared in the title role of Owen Wingrave (Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy).
Already well established on the concert platform, Ashley’s appearances include the UK premiere of Shostakovich Orango (Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen), Messiah in Birmingham Symphony Hall and with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mass in B Minor with Arcangelo at Flanders Festival, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington, Handel L’Allegro and Mozart Requiem with the Gabrieli Consort, Britten’s War Requiem with Novaya Opera Moscow and in Cadogan Hall, and Bach Cantatas with the AAM at the Wigmore Hall. Most recently he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic as Creon Oedipus Rex with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and joined the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra for an extensive European tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Ashley also took part in the world premiere of John Powell’s Prussian Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra, sang Pollux Castor and Pollux with Christian Curnyn at St John’s Smith Square, Bach’s Weinachtsoratorium with the AAM and The Kingdom at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester.
As a recitalist Ashley has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, the City of London Festival, the Schubert Festival and the Ludlow Festival. His recordings include Poulenc Chansons Gaillardes with Graham Johnson for Hyperion, a solo disc of Shakespeare Sonnets set to music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tadesco, for Resonus Classics, St John Passion (AAM) and Daniel Purcell’s The Judgement of Paris and Handel’s L’Allegro (Gabrieli Consort). He also made a TV appearance in David Starkey’s TV series “Music and the Monarchy”.
Highlights in the 2016/17 season include a return to English National Opera as the Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the AAM, Apollo e Dafne with the Pannon Philharmonic in Hungary, Israel in Egypt with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Christmas Oratorio on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Ashley Riches Biography (Wikipedia)
Ashley Riches is a British operatic baritone.
Riches studied at Winchester College and King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in English and sang in King's College Choir under Stephen Cleobury. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was a finalist for the Gold Medal.
From 2012 to 2014, Riches was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In his Royal Opera House main stage debut he sang a duet with Roberto Alagna in a gala concert.
Riches' lead roles with major opera companies have included Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart at English National Opera, the title role in Owen Wingrave by Britten for Opéra national de Lorraine, and Creon in Oedipus rex by Stravinsky with John Eliot Gardiner and the Berlin Philharmonic. Concert appearances have included the UK premiere of Shostakovich's Orango with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Bach's St Matthew Passion on a European tour with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir. His solo recital appearances include the City of London Festival.
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