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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. Concert engagements include Britten’s War Requiem with Novaya Opera, Moscow, Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, 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

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.

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.

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