We are delighted to announce the general management of bass-baritone Ashley Riches.
A graduate of University of Cambridge, 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 is a member of the 2017/18 BBC New Generation Artist scheme.
Already making a name for himself on the operatic stage, Ashley’s roles include Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, title roles Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and Owen Wingrave, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In concert, he has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Arcangelo, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort, Berliner Philharmoniker, Monteverdi Orchestra and Academy of Ancient Music under some of the world’s finest conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robin Ticciati, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Sir Roger Norrington to name a few.
This season will see his first Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro at the English National Opera, Claudio in Agrippina at the Grange Festival, Purcell’s King Arthur with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr, Schumann’s Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Egarr and Levite in Handel’s Solomon also with the SCO under Peter Dijkstra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Bremer Philharmoniker under Paul McCreesh, and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Ashley will be managed at Askonas Holt by Sue Spence, Sophie Dand and Sophie Robertson.
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