Bass-Baritone

Ashley Riches

Future engagements include Dido and Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music, Lélio with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra on tour in the US under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, The Silver Tassie with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth, Le Nozze de Figaro in Tokyo, concerts with MDR Rundfunk, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Concert and his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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Introduction

British bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the prestigious King’s College Choir. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House.

He has appeared with the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera National de Lorraine, Berlin Philharmonic, Gabrieli Consort and Philharmonia Orchestra with conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robin Ticciatti, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Curnyn and Sir Roger Norrington.


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Performance Schedule

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    20:00 29 Aug 2019 Cour du Château Louis XI, ISRE

    HECTOR BERLIOZ Benvenuto Cellini

    Contact: Michael Spyres
    Contact: Sophia Burgos
    Contact: Matthew Rose
    Contact:  Tareq Nazmi
    Contact: Lionel Lhote
    Contact: Adèle Charvet
    Contact: Krystian Adam
    Barnardino: Ashley Riches
    Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
    Contact: Monteverdi Choir

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    19:00 31 Aug 2019 Kammermusiksaal/Berlin Philharmonie, BERLIN

    HECTOR BERLIOZ Benvenuto Cellini

    Contact: Michael Spyres
    Contact: Sophia Burgos
    Contact: Matthew Rose
    Contact:  Tareq Nazmi
    Contact: Lionel Lhote
    Contact: Adèle Charvet
    Contact: Krystian Adam
    Contact: Ashley Riches
    Contact: John Eliot Gardiner
    Contact: Monteverdi Choir

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    19:00 02 Sep 2019 Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

    HECTOR BERLIOZ Benvenuto Cellini

    Contact: Michael Spyres
    Contact: Sophia Burgos
    Contact: Matthew Rose
    Contact:  Tareq Nazmi
    Contact: Lionel Lhote
    Contact: Adèle Charvet
    Contact: Krystian Adam
    Contact: Ashley Riches
    Contact: John Eliot Gardiner
    Contact: Monteverdi Choir

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    15:00 08 Sep 2019 Château de Versailles: Chapelle Royale, VERSAILLES

    Contact: Michael Spyres
    Contact: Sophia Burgos
    Contact: Matthew Rose
    Contact:  Tareq Nazmi
    Contact: Lionel Lhote
    Contact: Adèle Charvet
    Contact: Krystian Adam
    Contact: Ashley Riches
    Contact: John Eliot Gardiner
    Contact: Monteverdi Choir

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    22:30 20 Sep 2019 Romanian Athenaeum, BUCHAREST

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Giulio Cesare

    Cleopatra: Karina Gauvin
    Sesto: Ann Hallenberg 
    Giulio Cesare: Christopher Lowrey
    Tolomeo: Kacper Szelążek
    Cornelia: Ève-Maud Hubeaux
    Achilla: Ashley Riches
    Conductor: Christophe Rousset

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    22:30 21 Sep 2019 Romanian Athenaeum, BUCHAREST

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Agrippina

    Poppea: Karina Gauvin
    Agrippina: Ann Hallenberg 
    Ottone: Christopher Lowrey
    Nerone: Kacper Szelążek
    Narciso: Ève-Maud Hubeaux
    Pallante: Ashley Riches
    Lesbo: Douglas Williams
    Claudio: Etienne Bazola
    Conductor: Christophe Rousset

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    19:30 24 Sep 2019 Théâtre des Champs Elysées, PARIS

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Giulio Cesare

    Giulio Cesare: Christopher Lowrey
    Cleopatra: Karina Gauvin
    Sesto: Ann Hallenberg 
    Cornelia: Ève-Maud Hubeaux
    Tolomeo: Kacper Szelążek
    Achilla: Ashley Riches

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    19:30 11 Oct 2019 Royal Albert Memorial Museum, EXETER

    FRANZ SCHUBERT Die Forelle Op. 32, D 550
    FRANZ SCHUBERT Die Vögel
    FRANZ SCHUBERT Der Alpenjäger
    ROBERT SCHUMANN Die Löwenbraut
    JOHANNES BRAHMS An die Nachtigall Op. 46 No.4
    HUGO WOLF Lied des transferierten Zettel (Shakespeare)
    RICHARD STRAUSS Die Drossel, TrV49
    CARL LOEWE Der Feind
    MAURICE RAVEL Histoires Naturelles
    Interval
    RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT The Mouse and the Bumblebee
    ROGER QUILTER The Sea-Bird
    JOHN IRELAND The Three Ravens
    BENJAMIN BRITTEN The Tyger
    HERBERT HOWELLS King David
    ERIC COATES Birdsong at eventide, I heard you singing
    VERNON DUKE Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo
    BENJAMIN BRITTEN The Crocodile

    Piano: Joseph Middleton
    Baritone: Ashley Riches

Discography

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    BERNSTEIN Wonderful Town

    Label: LSO Live

    Release Date: 07 Sep 18

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle

    Eileen: Danielle de Niese
    Ruth: Alysha Umphress
    Bob Baker: Nathan Gunn
    Wreck/Second Associate Editor: Duncan Rock
    Lonigan: David Butt Philip
    Guide/First Editor/Frack: Ashley Riches

    London Symphony Orchestra

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    The Discovery Recital CD

    Label: Opus Arte

    Release Date: 29 Sep 17

    This recording features the current members and alumni of the Jette Parker Young Artists programme.

    Soprano: Francesca Chiejina
    Soprano: Kiandra Howarth
    Mezzo-soprano: Hanna Hipp
    Tenor: Luís Gomes
    Tenor: David Junghoon Kim
    Baritone: Ashley Riches
    Bass: David Shipley
    Piano: David Gowland

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    SULLIVAN Songs

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 03 Mar 17

    Soprano: Mary Bevan
    Tenor: Ben Johnson
    Bass-baritone: Ashley Riches
    Piano: David Owen Norris

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    BACH St John Passion

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Apr 17

    Conductor: David Temple

    Jesus: Ashley Riches
    Soprano: Sophie Bevan
    Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze
    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Evangelist: Robert Murray
    Bass-baritone: Neal Davies

    Bach Camerata

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    BACH St Matthew Passion

    Label: SDG

    Release Date: 10 Mar 17

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Evangelist: James Gilchrist
    Jesus: Stephan Loges
    Soprano: Hannah Morrison
    Soprano: Zoë Brookshaw
    Soprano: Charlotte Ashley
    Counter-tenor: Reginald Mobley
    Alto: Eleanor Minney
    Tenor: Hugo Hymas
    Baritone: Alex Ashworth
    Bass-baritone: Ashley Riches
    Bass: Jonathan Sells

    English Baroque Soloists
    Monteverdi Choir
    Trinity Boys Choir

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    HAYDN Paukenmesse and Nelson Mass

    Label: RPO

    Release Date: 02 Dec 16

    Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

    Soprano: Rachel Nicholls
    Soprano: Grace Davidson
    Mezzo-soprano: Anna Harvey
    Tenor: Mark Wilde
    Bass-baritone: Ashley Riches

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    City of London Choir

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    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Shakespeare Sonnets

    Label: Resonus Classics

    Release Date: 30 Mar 15

    Bass-baritone: Ashley Riches
    Piano: Emma Abbate

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    BACH St Matthew Passion

    Label: AAM Records

    Release Date: 30 Mar 15

    Director and Harpsicord: Richard Egarr

    Evangelist: James Gilchrist
    Jesus: Matthew Rose
    Pilatus: Ashley Riches
    Soprano: Elizabeth Watts
    Mezzo-soprano: Sarah Connolly
    Tenor: Thomas Hobbs
    Bass: Christopher Maltman

    Academy of Ancient Music
    Choir of the AAM

Repertoire

Opera
BERLIOZ Béatrice et Bénédict (Claudio)
BRITTEN The Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius)
BRITTEN A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius)
BRITTEN Albert Herring (Sid)
BRITTEN Owen Wingrave (Title Role)
HANDEL Acis and Galataea (Polyphemus)
MASSENET Manon (Lescaut)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Title Role)
MOZART The Marriage of Figaro (Figaro, Count Almaviva)
MOZART Così fan Tutte (Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)
MOZART The Magic Flute (Papageno)
PUCCINI La Bohème (Marcello, Schaunard)
PUCCINI Turandot (Mandarin)
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas)
PURCELL King Arthur
PURCELL The Fairy Queen
STRAVINSKY The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow, Keeper of the Mad House)
STRAVINSKY Oedipus Rex (Creon)
STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlequin)
SULLIVAN The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King)
SULLIVAN The Mikado (KoKo)
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Title Role)
VERDI La Traviata (Douphol)

Concert
BACH St Matthew Passion
BACH St John Passion
BACH Magnificat
BACH  Christmas Oratorio
BEETHOVEN Mass in C
BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
BRAHMS German Requiem
BRITTEN War Requiem
DURUFLE Requiem
DURUFLE Messe ‘Cum Jubilo’
DVORAK Requiem
DVORAK Stabat Mater
ELGAR The Apostles
ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius
HANDEL Messiah
HANDEL Israel in Egypt
HANDEL Alexander’s Feast
HANDEL Judas Maccabaeus
HANDEL L’Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato
HAYDN The Seasons
HAYDNThe Creation
HAYDN Harmoniemesse
HAYDN Paukenmesse (Missa in tempore belli)
HAYDN Nelson Mass
MENDELSSOHN Elijah
MOZART Mass in C
MOZART Requiem
MOZART Vespers
PUCCINI Missa di Gloria
ROSSINI Petite Messe Solenelle
ROSSINI Stabat Mater
TIPPETT A Child of Our Time
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A Sea Symphony
VERDI Requiem