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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. He made his Royal Opera debut as St Jacques (Le Cid) in the 'Our Extraordinary World' gala, 2012, and went on to sing roles including 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 Wanamake 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). In the 2014/15 Season Riches returns to sing Michael (Glare) and Destiny/Osman/Wind for The Royal Opera.

Riches read English at King’s College, Cambridge, where he sang in the choir under Stephen Cleobury. He trained on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with early repertory including Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Marcello (La bohème) and the title role in Don Giovanni. Engagements since leaving the Programme include Owen Wingrave for the Opéra national de Lorraine. 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.

Riches has performed in recital at the City of London Festival, for the Barbican and Bishopsgate Institute, among others. Further appearances include in ‘Music and Monarchy’ for BBC Television.

News and features

5 things you need to know about Glare

5 things you need to know about 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.

See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

See the future stars of opera perform in free lunchtime recitals

25 October 2013

Jette Parker Young Artists among those performing in lunchtime concerts.

Photos

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 © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Dušica Bijelić as Despina in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

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

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 © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

David Butt Philip as Ferrando, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Michel de Souza as Guglielmo in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Amar Muchhala and Ashley Riches in Glare © ROH. Stephen Cummiskey, 2014

Ashley Riches and Sky Ingram in Glare © ROH. Stephen Cummiskey, 2014

Ashley Riches in Glare © ROH. Stephen Cummiskey, 2014

Graeme Broadbent and Ashley Riches in L'Ormindo © Stephen Cummiskey

Ashley Riches performing at Big Sing Friday © ROH / Sim Canetty-Clarke 2014

Ashley Riches as Onegin and Pablo Bemsch as Lensky in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Ashley Riches as Onegin and Dušica Bijelić as Tatyana in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Ashley Riches as Salieri in Mozart and Salieri © ROH / Richard Hubert Smith 2012

Hanna Hipp as Olga, Ashley Riches as Onegin and Dušica Bijelić as Tatyana in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Hanna Hipp as Olga, Pablo Bemsch as Lensky, Justina Gringyte as Larina and Ashley Riches as Onegin in the JPYA Summer Performance © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Ashley Riches, Jihoon Kim, Charbel Mattar and Michel de Souza as Servants in Capriccio in Concert © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013

Young Artist Ashley Riches with members of The Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsals for Robert le diable © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012

Pablo Bemsch, Bryan Hymel, Luke Price, Ashley Riches and members of The Royal Opera Chorus in rehearsals for Robert le diable © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012

Ashley Riches as Salieri in Mozart and Salieri © ROH / Richard Hubert Smith 2012

Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches as Salieri in Mozart and Salieri © ROH / Richard Hubert Smith 2012

Ashley Riches in Mozart and Salieri, Meet the Young Artists Week © ROH/Richard H. Smith, 2012

Ashley Riches, Jette Parker Young Artist for 2012 © ROH 2012