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Ashley Riches

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.

Upcoming productions

  • La traviata

    Cast as Baron Douphol

    Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told 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 main stage in a showcase performance, the culmination of all their hard work over the Season.

News and features

  1. Young Artist Profile: Ashley Riches

    Young Artist Profile: Ashley Riches

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

  2. See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

    See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

    Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.