Ashley Riches

He is a member of the 2017/18 BBC New Generation Artist scheme.

© Debbie Scanlon


British bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the prestigious King’s College Choir. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House.

He has appeared with the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera National de Lorraine, Berlin Philharmonic, Gabrieli Consort and Philharmonia Orchestra with conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robin Ticciatti, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christian Curnyn and Sir Roger Norrington.

This season will see his first Count Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro at the English National Opera, Claudio Agrippina at the Grange Festival, Purcell’s King Arthur with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr, Schumann Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Egarr and Levite Solomon also with the SCO under Peter Dijkstra, Mozart Requiem with the Bremen Philharmonic under Paul McCreesh and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.


Performance Schedule


  • The Discovery Recital CD More info  

    Label: Opus Arte

    Release Date: 29 Sep 17

    This recording features the current members and alumni of the Jette Parker Young Artists programme.

    Soprano: Francesca Chiejina
    Soprano: Kiandra Howarth
    Mezzo-soprano: Hanna Hipp
    Tenor: Luís Gomes
    Tenor: David Junghoon Kim
    Baritone: Ashley Riches
    Bass: David Shipley
    Piano: David Gowland

  • SULLIVAN Songs More info  

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 03 Mar 17

    Soprano: Mary Bevan
    Tenor: Ben Johnson
    Bass-baritone: Ashley Riches
    Piano: David Owen Norris

  • BACH St John Passion More info  

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Apr 17

    Conductor: David Temple

    Jesus: Ashley Riches
    Soprano: Sophie Bevan
    Counter-tenor: Robin Blaze
    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Evangelist: Robert Murray
    Bass-baritone: Neal Davies

    Bach Camerata

  • BACH St Matthew Passion More info  

    Label: SDG

    Release Date: 10 Mar 17

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Evangelist: James Gilchrist
    Jesus: Stephan Loges
    Soprano: Hannah Morrison
    Soprano: Zoë Brookshaw
    Soprano: Charlotte Ashley
    Counter-tenor: Reginald Mobley
    Alto: Eleanor Minney
    Tenor: Hugo Hymas
    Baritone: Alex Ashworth
    Bass-baritone: Ashley Riches
    Bass: Jonathan Sells

    English Baroque Soloists
    Monteverdi Choir
    Trinity Boys Choir

  • HAYDN Paukenmesse and Nelson Mass More info  

    Label: RPO

    Release Date: 02 Dec 16

    Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

    Soprano: Rachel Nicholls
    Soprano: Grace Davidson
    Mezzo-soprano: Anna Harvey
    Tenor: Mark Wilde
    Bass-baritone: Ashley Riches

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    City of London Choir

  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Shakespeare Sonnets More info  

    Label: Resonus Classics

    Release Date: 30 Mar 15

    Bass-baritone: Ashley Riches
    Piano: Emma Abbate

  • BACH St Matthew Passion More info  

    Label: AAM Records

    Release Date: 30 Mar 15

    Director and Harpsicord: Richard Egarr

    Evangelist: James Gilchrist
    Jesus: Matthew Rose
    Pilatus: Ashley Riches
    Soprano: Elizabeth Watts
    Mezzo-soprano: Sarah Connolly
    Tenor: Thomas Hobbs
    Bass: Christopher Maltman

    Academy of Ancient Music
    Choir of the AAM


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)

BACH St Matthew Passion
BACH St John Passion
BACH Magnificat
BACH  Christmas Oratorio
BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
BRAHMS German Requiem
BRITTEN War Requiem
DURUFLE Messe ‘Cum Jubilo’
DVORAK Requiem
DVORAK Stabat Mater
ELGAR The Apostles
ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius
HANDEL Messiah
HANDEL Israel in Egypt
HANDEL Alexander’s Feast
HANDEL Judas Maccabaeus
HANDEL L’Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato
HAYDN The Seasons
HAYDNThe Creation
HAYDN Harmoniemesse
HAYDN Paukenmesse (Missa in tempore belli)
HAYDN Nelson Mass
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
VERDI Requiem