Jette Parker Young Artist
British baritone Ashley Riches joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2012. He made his Royal Opera debut as St Jacques to Roberto Alagna’s Rodrigue (Le Cid) in the Our Extraordinary World gala. He has since sung Third Chevalier/Prince of Granada (Robert le diable), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo), Crébillon (La rondine) and Servant (Capriccio) for The Royal Opera. He sang Salieri (Mozart and Salieri) in Meet the Young Artists Week 2012. Riches read English at King’s College, Cambridge, where he sang in the choir under Stephen Cleobury, before studying on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Away from The Royal Opera, his operatic roles have included Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Marcello (La bohème) and the title role in Don Giovanni. In concert, he has sung Britten’s War Requiem with Novaya Opera, Moscow; Bach cantatas with the Academy of Ancient Music; and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort & Players. He sang several Handel arias for the BBC Two series ‘Music and Monarchy’, presented by David Starkey. He has given recitals at the City of London Festival, Barbican Hall and Bishopsgate Institute.
Cast as Mandarin
Andrei Serban’s staging of Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama.
Cast as Destiny/Osman/Wind
Experience Baroque music by candlelight in Kasper Holten’s innovative production of Cavalli’s comic opera L'Ormindo, in collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe.
Cast as Baron Douphol
Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly presented in Richard Eyre’s production.
Dialogues des Carmélites
Cast as First Officer
Robert Carsen’s award-winning production of Poulenc’s sublime opera is set during the violent upheaval of the French Revolution.
Ariadne auf Naxos
Cast as Wig Maker
Grand passions and comedy collide with wonderful effect in Christof Loy’s production of Strauss’s dazzling opera.
JPYA Summer Performance
Cast as Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte)
The Royal Opera's stars of tomorrow take to the stage with the first acts of Donizetti's La Favorite and Mozart's Così fan tutte.
News and features
The British baritone on blockbuster opera and why he chose the operatic path.
Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.