In the Summer of 2017, Richard was an artist with the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project, appearing as Eiler in the Salzburg Festival Kinderoper: Der Schauspieldirektor. In June 2016, he debuted for Opera Holland Park, performing the role of Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème as part of the Christine Collins’ Young Artist Programme.
Richard is a member of Royal Academy Opera where he is under the tutelage of Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. For RAO, Richard has performed the roles of Leporello (Don Giovanni), Brown (Die Dreigroschenoper), Melisso (Alcina), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Amantio di Nicolao (Gianni Schicchi).
Richard has had recent success on the competition platform, winning the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Singing Competition in September 2016. He was also awarded the Audrey Strange Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, and the second and audience prizes at the National Mozart competition in 2017.
As an Oratorio soloist, Richard has had a variety of performance opportunities, including: Brahms’ Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Bach’s Cantata BWV 203 Amore Traditore; Pilate and Christus in Bach’s St Johns Passion; Zebul in Handel’s Jephtha; and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Future performances include the role of Minskman (Flight) for Royal Academy Opera, and a performance of Venetian songs with Royal Academy Song Circle at the Wigmore Hall.
Richard is grateful for the support and performance opportunities provided by The Carr-Gregory Scholarship, The Warne Scholarship, The Finzi Trust, The Countess of Munster Trust, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.