Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches

BASS-BARITONE

Representation: General Management

Overview

British Bass-Baritone Ashley Riches was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden having previously studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at King’s College Cambridge.  Ashley has already established himself in both opera and concerts with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stephen Cleobury, Sir Roger Norrington, Paul McCreesh, Jonathan Cohen, Robin Ticciati, Jan Latham-Koenig, David Hill and Richard Egarr.  His broad repertoire includes Britten, Puccini, Mozart, Handel as well as appearing on the recent release of Complete Songs (Poulenc) on Hyperion.

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Full Biography

Ashley Riches was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2012-14. Prior to this he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having read English at Cambridge University, where he was a member of the King’s College Chapel Choir under Stephen Cleobury.

Ashley made his ROH main stage debut singing with Roberto Alagna in a gala concert, and appeared as Salieri in Rimsky Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri and as Michael in the world premiere of Eichberg’s Glare (Linbury Studio). His roles at Covent Garden included Morales Carmen, Mandarin Turandot, Baron Douphol La Traviata, Officier Les Dialogues des Carmelites and Osmano L’Ormindo at the Globe. Further roles include title role Owen Wingrave (Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy), titles roles Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, Guglielmo Così fan tutte (Garsington Opera), Marcello La Bohème, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Father Hansel and Gretel, Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Sid Albert Herring, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ibn-Hakia Iolanta. Concert performances include The Drunken Poet, Winter, Corydon and Sleep in The Fairy Queen (Gabrieli Consort), Polyphemus Acis and Galatea with Paul McCreesh and Claudio Beatrice and Benedict (Scottish Chamber Orchestra).

Already well established on the concert platform, Ashley’s appearances include the UK premiere of Shostakovich Orango (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen), Messiah in Birmingham Symphony Hall and with the Scottish Chamber Orcestra and OAE, Mass in B Minor with Arcangelo at Flanders Festival in Ghent, Belshazzar’s Feast with David Temple at the Royal Festival Hall, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Sir Roger Norrington, Verdi Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and Winchester Cathedral, Handel L’Allegro with the Gabrieli Consort at St John’s Smith Square and in Beaune, Mozart Requiem with David Hill and the Bach Choir, Britten War Requiem at Cadogan Hall and Novaya Opera Moscow, Bach Cantatas with AAM at the Wigmore Hall and Handel’s Israel in Egypt at Dartington with Jonathan Cohen. Ashley has also given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, the City of London Festival, Chelsea Schubert Festival and Ludlow Festival.

Recordings include Poulenc Chansons Gaillardes with Graham Johnson for Hyperion, Pilate St John Passion (AAM), Mercury in Daniel Purcell’s The Judgement of Paris and Handel’s L’Allegro (Gabrieli Consort). He also appeared in David Starkey’s TV series “Monarchy and Music” with the AAM. Ashley recently recorded a solo disc of Shakespeare sonnets set to music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, for Resonus Classics.

Recent and upcoming highlights include Ashley’s ENO debut as Schaunard La Boheme and a return as the Pirate King The Pirates of Penzance, his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker as Creon Oedipus Rex, the world premiere of John Powell’s Prussian Requiem (Philharmonia Orchestra), Pollux Castor and Pollux with Christian Curnyn at St John’s Smith Square, Handel’s Messiah in Kristiansand Norway, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius (Cambridge University Music Society), Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium (AAM), The Kingdom at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester, a tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Monteverdi Choir, and Mozart Requiem in Italy with John Eliot Gardiner.

Artist website: www.ashleyriches.com

Promoters please note: If you want to include this biography in concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure you receive the most up to date version.
Email: Caroline Challis

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News

Summer in Italy

July 12th, 2016

Hazard Chase artists perform across the country.

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Berlin Philharmonic debut for Ashley Riches

May 23rd, 2016

Bass-baritone Ashley Riches makes his debut with Berlin Philharmonic in Stravinsky’s ‘Oedipus Rex’

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Raising Money for Pancreatic Cancer UK

January 5th, 2016

Promoting our sixth concert for this inspiring charity

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Rameau Opera at St John’s Smith Square

November 13th, 2015

Hazard Chase singers feature prominently in Rameau masterpiece

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Hazard Chase Baritone makes debut at ENO

October 16th, 2015

Ashley Riches makes debut as Schaunard in new production of La Bohème at English National Opera.

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Reviews

CHRISTMAS ORATORIO– Acadamy of Ancient Music

“Ashley Riches took the bass part and his voice revealed depth and warmth while maintaining clarity by not indulging in too excessive a vibrato. His performance of ‘Grosser Herr, o starker König’ was particularly fine as the solo trumpet rang out.”
Sam Smith, Music OMH, December 2015

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“The real star of the evening was young Ashley Riches, only two years out of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists programme, and the total artist: range secure from top to bottom, a highly dramatic way with the text and pure musicianship.”
David Nice, The Arts Desk, December 2015

“…the increasingly impressive bass Ashley Riches brought authority and clear German to his recitatives.”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, December 2015

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 LA BOHEME – English National Opera

“Riches’s raunchy, funny Schaunard is one of the best of recent years.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, October 2015

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JETTE PARKER YOUNG ARTISTS SUMMER SHOWCASE (ACT 1: COSI FAN TUTTE) – Royal Opera House

“The outstanding all-round male performance of the afternoon came from Ashley Riches as Don Alfonso. This young man is the perfect stage animal, confident without being overbearing, camp when appropriate, darkly sinister if need be. He looked as if he had been singing the role of Don Alfonso for the last twenty years in major houses. His use of Italian, particularly in the recitative, was exceptional and he has a lovely dark baritone, making him ideal to play sinister villains in future”
Opera Britannia, Miranda Jackson (20 July 2014)

“Ashley Riches sang the infamous role of Don Alfonso and he was outstanding in it. He has a marked, charismatic stage presence, projects his voice well, has clear diction and his baritone is powerful and expressive. His Don Alfonso was suitably manipulative but also charming, making it convincing that he can easily lead the two young men to do what he wants for his own amusement.”
Seen and Heard International, Margarida Mota-Bull (23 July 2014)

Purcell FAIRY QUEEN, The Gabrieli Consort – Spitalfields

“A dash of spontaneity, though, is not so foreign to Purcell’s semi-operas and the joie de vivre that coursed through scenes such as the Drunken Poet’s rant, wittily played by Ashley Riches, and the whole of the last act was true to the work’s spirit.”
Financial Times, Richard Fairman (June 2012)

“Fine support came from the young bass Ashley Riches.”
Neil Fisher, The Times (June 2012)

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Discography & Repertoire

Bach – St Matthew Passion

Ashley Riches sings Pilatus on this 1727 version of the St Matthew from the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Richard Egarr

AAM RECORDS (2015)

Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706023

Assistant Artist Manager

Caroline Challis (Cambridge)
caroline.challis@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706414