Richard is a 2018/19 member of the Zürich International Opera Studio. He spent the 2018 Summer season as a member of the Glyndebourne chorus and the previous Summer as 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, a role he reprised in a concert performance with Northern Ireland Opera. More recently, in March 2019, Richard played the role of Angelotti in a semi-staged concert production of Tosca at the Emirates Palace Auditorium as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival.
Richard completed his formal training with Royal Academy Opera, under the tutelage of Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. For RAO, Richard performed the roles of Minskman (Flight), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Brown (Die Dreigroschenoper), Melisso (Alcina), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Amantio di Nicolao (Gianni Schicchi). Richard was also a member of Royal Academy Song Circle, appearing with them in a concert of Venetian Songs at the Wigmore Hall.
Richard has had numerous successes 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.
Roles in Zürich this season include Diener Macbeths, Mörder (Macbeth) Bass Soloist (Sweeney Todd), Schabernak (Le Grand Macabre), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Ein alter Diener (Elektra).
British bass-baritone Richard Walshe was convincingly transformed into the lecherous Dr Bartolo, adding a good 50 years to his own age. Despite the demands of “ageing”, his voice had great kick and colour, and he consistently met the challenges of Italian at warp-speed.
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Zürich International Opera Studio, May 2019)
Richard Walshe[…]gets some of the opera’s most powerful musical moments, his firm baritone riding the lines of “Everything’s going to be fine” with ease.
Flight (Royal Academy Opera, March 2018)
Julien Van Mellaerts and Richard Walshe made a fine double act as Schaunard and Colline[…]Walshe gave a fine farewell to his overcoat[…]they joined with Christopher Cull and Stephen Aviss to bring out a delightful sense of camaraderie and shared experience in the lives of the four Bohemians, you really did get a sense of it being the four young men against the world.
La Bohème (Opera Holland Park Christine Collins Young Artist Programme, June 2016)
The judges felt that Richard deserved the prize because his singing was so consistent and his programme well put together…His is a particularly beautiful bass baritone.
Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, September 2016