Bass-baritone Ashley Riches studied at King's College, Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
An extremely versatile artist, his 2023/24 season includes a return to the Royal Opera House as Roucher Andrea Chénier, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with David Afkham in Madrid, Verdi's Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Kazuki Yamada, Rheinberg in Wallace's Lurline in Dublin with John Wilson, Handel's Messiah in concert at Glyndebourne, and Purcell's King Arthur with Paul McCreesh in Lyon and Lausanne.
His broad repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary and last season he made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich as Silvano La Calisto, Purcell's Odes and Handel's Dixit Dominus and Nisi Dominus with the English Concert and Harry Bicket, Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with Daniel Harding and the Czech Philharmonic, Angelotti Tosca with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic, Messiaen's St François d'Assise with Ryan Wigglesworth and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of Ian Fletcher's Jonah at Cadogan Hall London.
An accomplished recitalist, he released his debut solo recital recording, A Musical Zoo, in 2021.