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Ashley
Riches

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Ashley Riches read English at Cambridge University, where he was a member of the prestigious King’s College Choir. He went on to study voice at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and was a member of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from 2012 to 2014. There the British bass-baritone made his debut in a duet with Robert Alagna and represented the opera company at a Young Artist Programmes gala at the Bolshoy Theatre. He was named a New Generation Artist by the BBC in the 2017–18 season.

Recent highlights of Ashley Riches’s career include his performances as Créon in Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ferryman in Britten’s Curlew River with Britten Sinfonia at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at the English National Opera.

He also collaborated in performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on a European tour with Masaaki Suzuki and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has worked with pianists Simon Lepper, Sholto Kynoch, Anna Tilbrook and Joseph Middleton on lieder recitals and recordings.

Riches is making his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest in the 2019–20 season.

Ashley Riches read English at Cambridge University, where he was a member of the prestigious King’s College Choir. He went on to study voice at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and was a member of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from 2012 to 2014. There the British bass-baritone made his debut in a duet with Robert Alagna and represented the opera company at a Young Artist Programmes gala at the Bolshoy Theatre. He was named a New Generation Artist by the BBC in the 2017–18 season.

Recent highlights of Ashley Riches’s career include his performances as Créon in Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ferryman in Britten’s Curlew River with Britten Sinfonia at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at the English National Opera.

He also collaborated in performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on a European tour with Masaaki Suzuki and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has worked with pianists Simon Lepper, Sholto Kynoch, Anna Tilbrook and Joseph Middleton on lieder recitals and recordings.

Riches is making his first appearance with the Concertgebouworkest in the 2019–20 season.