Ashley Riches baritone
Ashley Riches was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2012 to 2014. Previously he studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and English at Cambridge University, where he was a member of the King’s College Chapel Choir under Stephen Cleobury.
Concert appearances include the UK Premiere of Shostakovich Orango with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah in Symphony Hall, Birmingham with Stephen Cleobury, Mass in B Minor with Arcangelo at Flanders Festival in Ghent, Belshazzar’s Feast with David Temple at the Royal Festival Hall, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington, Verdi's Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and Winchester Cathedral, Handel's L’Allegro with the Gabrieli Consort at St John’s Smith Square and in Beaune, Mozart's Requiem with David Hill and the Bach Choir, Britten's War Requiem with Jan Latham-Koenig and Novaya Opera, Moscow, Bach Cantatas with the AAM and Richard Egarr at the Wigmore Hall and Handel’s Israel in Egypt at Dartington with Jonathan Cohen.
Operatic appearances include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Father in Hansel and Gretel, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Sid in Albert Herring, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ibn-Hakia in Iolanta and The Drunken Poet, Winter, Corydon and Sleep in The Fairy Queen with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea with Paul McCreesh and Claudio in Beatrice and Benedict with Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In November 2012 he made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing with Roberto Alagna in a Gala Concert and appeared as Salieri in Rimsky Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri with the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Covent Garden for which he received outstanding reviews in the national press. His roles at Covent Garden in the 2013-14 season included Morales in Carmen, Mandarin in Turandot, Baron Douphol in La Traviata, Officier in Les Dialogues des Carmelites and Osmano in L’Ormindo at the Globe Theatre.
He has given song recitals at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, the City of London Festival, Chelsea Schubert Festival and Ludlow Festival and has recorded Poulenc Chansons Gaillardes with Graham Johnson for Hyperion. He also sang several Handel arias for the David Starkey TV series Monarchy and Music with the AAM and Richard Egarr and has recorded Pilate in the St John Passion with Richard Egarr and the AAM, Mercury in Daniel Purcell’s The Judgement of Paris and Handel’s L’Allegro with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh.
He recently sang the title role in Owen Wingrave Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy. His future plans include Michael in the World Premiere of Glare by Eichberg for the ROH at the Linbury, Messiah with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Egarr and with the OAE in London, Seville and Barcelona, War Requiem at Cadogan Hall, Guglielmo Così fan tutte with Garsington Opera and his debut as Schaunard in La Boheme with English National Opera.