Biography

Richard is currently continuing his training at the Zürich International Opera Studio, having spent the Summer season as a member of the Glyndebourne chorus. In the Summer of 2017, Richard was 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.

Richard recently 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 and, earlier this year, appeared 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 Bass Soloist (Sweeney Todd), Schabernak (Le Grand Macabre) and Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia).

Richard Walshe Headshot

Verdi: Macbeth

Opernhaus Zürich

27.09.18 - 19.10.18

Role: Sicario

Sondheim: Sweeney Todd

Opernhaus Zürich

09.12.18 - 11.01.19

Role: Bass Solos

Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre

Opernhaus Zürich

03.02.19 - 02.03.19

Role: Schabernak

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Opernhaus Zürich (Theater Winterthur)

15.05.19 - 25.05.19

Role: Bartolo

Reviews

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 2018)

Mark Pullinger – Bachtrack

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 2016)

Robert Hugill

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 2016

Elizabeth Muir-Lewis