Born and brought up in Glasgow, Richard is widely respected for his rich, lyrical voice and versatility as a performer. He has been appearing at leading concert halls and opera houses throughout Europe for over 25 years, he has recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Naxos and has broadcast on BBC TV & Radio and Classic FM on numerous occasions. Hes a prize-winning graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with the renowned Italian Soprano, Graziella Sciutti.
Richards recent Opera engagements have included the title role of Nikola Tesla in the world premiere of Electric Saint, at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar; The Lawyer Stern in Anna Nicole, at the Staatstheater Nürnberg; Dad in Greek, at the Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn Festival, London; and Olivier in Strauss' Capriccio at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck.
Other opera engagements in Germany include Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Staatsoper Hannover; Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor and Peter Hänsel und Gretel at the Nationaltheater Mannheim; Bretigny Manon at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and the Staatstheater Wiesbaden; Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Germont La traviata, Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande and Don Giovanni at the Staatstheater Mainz; Eugene Onegin, The Traveller Death in Venice and Dandini La cenerentola at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern; Ford Falstaff at the Staatstheater Oldenburg; Peter Hänsel und Gretel at Theater Bonn; Ottokar Der Freischütz at Theater Bremen; Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor at Theater Koblenz and the baritone solo Carmina Burana, staged, at the Staatstheater Schwerin. ?
In the UK he has sung Sharpless Madama Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall; at Opera North, Leeds, he sang Count Robinson Il matrimonio segreto, Cimarosa in Mark Tinkler's revival of Jonathan Miller's production and Goryanchikov From the House of the Dead, Janacek; for Samling Opera he appeared as Don Alfonso in Sir Thomas Allen's production of Cosi fan tutte and he sang Dr. Falke Die Fledermaus at Opera Holland Park, London.
At the Edinburgh International Festival 2021, Richard starred with Danielle de Niese in the acclaimed Rodgers and Hammerstein Review, A Grand Night for Singing, now released internationally on CD.
Richard has an extensive concert repertoire. He has appeared as a soloist at leading venues including the Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican, the Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, St. David's Hall, Cardiff and the Wigmore Hall.
He has sung in concert, broadcast and recordings with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé, the Northern Sinfonia the London Mozart Players, the John Wilson Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Richard is a committed Lieder singer, appearing regularly at music and Lieder societies throughout Germany and the UK.
In Chamber music he has worked with the Badke Quartet, singing Barber's Dover Beach at the St. Magnus International Festival, Orkney and he is the co-founder of the Burns Ensemble.