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Ashley Riches

Baritone

Biography

Ashley Riches in action.
Ashley Riches in Così fan tutte in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

British baritone Ashley Riches was a member of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2012–14. His roles as a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme included Third Chevalier/Prince of Granada (Robert le diable), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), Crébillon (La rondine), Servant (Capriccio), Moralès (Carmen), Mandarin (Turandot), Destiny/Osman/Wind (L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe), Baron Douphol (La traviata), First Officer (Dialogues des Carmélites), Wigmaker (Ariadne auf Naxos), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte Act I, JPYAP summer performance) and Salieri (Mozart and Salieri, Meet the Young Artists Week). Since leaving the Programme he has returned to sing Michael (Glare) and Destiny/Osman/Wind for The Royal Opera.

Riches is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he sang in King's College Choir. He went on to further studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. His operatic roles include Marcello and Schaunard (La bohème), Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, Owen Wingrave, Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream). In the 2017/18 Season he sings Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for English National Opera and Claudio (Agrippina) at the Grange Festival.

In concert, Riches has appeared with orchestras and ensembles including the Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Berlin Philharmonic, Gabrieli Consort, Academy of Ancient Music and Scottish Chamber Orchestra among others, working with conductors including Gardiner, Norrington, Salonen and Ticciati. His concert repertory includes Purcell's King Arthur, Handel's Solomon, Mozart's and Schumann's Requiems and Musorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death. He is a member of the 2017/18 BBC New Generation Young Artists Scheme.

News and features

Opera Essentials: Glare

Opera Essentials: Glare

7 November 2014

Our quick guide to this ‘robot opera’ that questions what it is that makes us human, and explores themes of trust, reality and loneliness.

2013/14 Review: Reflecting on a Season of highlights and artistic dreams realized for Jette Parker Young Artists

2013/14 Review: Reflecting on a Season of highlights and artistic dreams realized for Jette Parker Young Artists

19 July 2014

Opera’s next stars will take to the stage on Sunday 20 July for annual JPYA Summer performance.

Young Artist Profile: Ashley Riches

Young Artist Profile: Ashley Riches

11 December 2013

The British baritone on blockbuster opera and why he chose the operatic path.

Photos

Graeme Broadbent and Ashley Riches in L'Ormindo

Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso in the JPYA Summer Performance

Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi, Rachel Kelly as Dorabella, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso in the JPYA Summer Performance

Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches as Onegin and Dušica Bijelić as Tatyana in the JPYA Summer Performance

Hanna Hipp as Olga, Pablo Bemsch as Lensky, Justina Gringyte as Larina and Ashley Riches as Onegin in the JPYA Summer Performance

Ashley Riches in Così fan tutte in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera

Amar Muchhala and Ashley Riches in Glare

Young Artist Ashley Riches with members of The Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsals for Robert le diable

Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Dušica Bijelić as Despina in the JPYA Summer Performance

David Butt Philip as Ferrando, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Michel de Souza as Guglielmo in the JPYA Summer Performance

Rachel Kelly as Dorabella, Michel de Souza as Guglielmo, Dušica Bijelić as Despina, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso, David Butt Philip as Ferrando and Kiandra Howarth as Fiordiligi in the JPYA Summer Performance

Ashley Riches and Sky Ingram in Glare

Ashley Riches as Onegin and Pablo Bemsch as Lensky in the JPYA Summer Performance

Ashley Riches as Salieri in Mozart and Salieri

Pablo Bemsch, Bryan Hymel, Luke Price, Ashley Riches and members of The Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsals for Robert le diable

Ashley Riches as Salieri in Mozart and Salieri

Ashley Riches performing at Big Sing Friday

Ashley Riches in Mozart and Salieri, Meet the Young Artists Week

Ashley Riches in Glare

Ashley Riches as Salieri in Mozart and Salieri

Ashley Riches, Jihoon Kim, Charbel Mattar and Michel de Souza as Servants in Capriccio in Concert

Hanna Hipp as Olga, Ashley Riches as Onegin and Dušica Bijelić as Tatyana in the JPYA Summer Performance

Ashley Riches, Jette Parker Young Artist for 2012