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.
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Ashley Riches in Glare
Ashley Riches and Sky Ingram in Glare
Amar Muchhala and Ashley Riches in Glare
Ashley Riches in Così fan tutte in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera
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 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
David Butt Philip as Ferrando, Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Michel de Souza as Guglielmo in the JPYA Summer Performance
Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso and Dušica Bijelić as Despina in the JPYA Summer Performance