Richard is spending the Summer season as a member of the Glyndebourne chorus before joining the Zürich International Opera Studio in September. 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. He recently reprised the role in a concert performance with Northern Ireland Opera.
Richard is a member of Royal Academy Opera where he is under the tutelage of Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. For RAO, Richard has 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 is 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.
Richard is grateful for the support and performance opportunities provided by The Carr-Gregory Scholarship, The Warne Scholarship, The Finzi Trust, The Countess of Munster Trust, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.
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)
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)
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