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Ashley Riches studied English at King’s College, Cambridge where he sang in the Chapel Choir under Stephen Cleobury. From 2012-14 he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, where he made his debut in a duet with Robert Alagna and represented the house at a gala celebrating Young Artist Programmes at the Bolshoi Theatre. He is currently a BBC New Generation Artist.


Highlights of this season include Creon in Stravinsky Oedipus Rex with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Berlin Philharmonic, Purcell The Fairy Queen with Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music, a European tour of Bach Christmas Oratorio with Masaki Suzuki and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ferryman in Britten Curlew River with the Britten Sinfonia at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Pirate King in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance at English National Opera and the title role in Mozart Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park, along with song recitals and recordings with Simon Lepper, Sholto Kynoch, Anna Tilbrook and Joseph Middleton.


His song discography includes Poulenc Chansons Gaillardes with Graham Johnson (Hyperion), the songs of Arthur Sullivan with David Owen Norris (Chandos) and a world premier recording of the Shakespeare Sonnets of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with Emma Abbate(Resonus). He has also recorded Handel L'Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato with the Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh (Gabrieli)Bach St Matthew Passion (Bass arias, Pilate) with the Monteverdi Choir (Soli Deo Gloria) and Bach St John Passion (Jesus) with Crouch End Festival Chorus, the first recording in English for over fifty years.


When not singing, he enjoys playing squash and the Times crossword.




Bach - St Matthew Passion

Bach - St John Passion

Bach - Magnificat

Bach - Christmas Oratorio

Beethoven - Mass in C

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

Brahms - German Requiem

Britten - War Requiem

Durufle - Requiem

Durufle - Messe 'Cum Jubilo'

Dvorak - Requiem

Dvorak - Stabat Mater

Handel - Messiah

Handel - Israel in Egypt

Handel - Alexander's Feast

Handel - Judas Maccabaeus

Handel - L'Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato

Haydn - The Seasons

Haydn - The Creation

Haydn - Harmoniemesse

Haydn - Paukenmesse (Missa in tempore belli)

Haydn - Nelson Mass

Elgar - The Apostles

Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius

Mendelssohn - Elijah

Mozart - Mass in C

Mozart - Requiem

Mozart - Vespers

Puccini - Missa di Gloria

Rossini - Petite Messe Solenelle

Rossini - Stabat Mater

Tippett - A Child of Our Time

Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony

Verdi - Requiem



Berlioz - Béatrice et Bénédict (Claudio)

Britten - The Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius)

Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius)

Britten - Albert Herring (Sid)

Britten - Owen Wingrave (Title Role)

Handel - Acis and Galataea (Polyphemus)

Massenet - Manon (Lescaut)

Mozart - Don Giovanni (Title Role)

Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro (Figaro, Count Almaviva)

Mozart - Così fan Tutte (Guglielmo, Don Alfonso)

Mozart - The Magic Flute (Papageno)

Puccini - La Bohème (Marcello, Schaunard)

Puccini - Turandot (Mandarin)

Purcell - Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas)

Purcell - King Arthur

Purcell - The Fairy Queen

Stravinsky - The Rake's Progress (Nick Shadow, Keeper of the Mad House)

Stravinsky - Oedipus Rex (Creon)

Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlequin)

Sullivan -The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King)

Sullivan - The Mikado (KoKo)

Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin (Title Role)

Verdi  - La Traviata (Douphol)

'...the standout performance, unsurprisingly came from Ashley Riches as Harry, superbly depicting the contrast between the cocky, carefree lad and the humiliated, shunned cripple'

Richard Morrison, The Times on

The Silver Tassie

For full repertoire and updated biography, please contact Askonas Holt

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