“Richard, was simply superb! His range and energy was astonishing and, even more importantly, he connected with our guests, and adapted his set to suit their tastes and memories. Richard helped create an evening that will live long on the memory of all! Thank you Richard…”
This flexible, charismatic, eclectic singer was born in Sunderland. Richard’s musical background began with playing the Cello as well as playing Guitar in a rock band. By accident he discovered a Placido Domingo Album in the Rock section of a Record Store, which led him to a Career in Classical and Crossover singing.
He has performed hundreds of times at Theatres, Functions, Music Festivals, Weddings, Corporate Events, and the like. Anything from Concert Halls to The Hilton Park Lane, Private Parties and Weddings to Glastonbury Festival, Prom in the Park Events, Opera Holland Park and Rugby Stadiums, to audiences from 20 to 20,000.
His repertoire includes Opera, Musical Theatre, Rat Pack / Swing, International Folk and Popular songs from the 1920s to the 2010s.
Richard currently sings regularly in Operas and Concerts in the UK, USA and Europe including Opera Holland Park. He specialises in the Comedic or Lyrical roles, including Papageno (The Magic Flute), Marcello (La Boheme), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Germont (La Traviata), Spalanzani/Frank (Tales of Hoffmann) & Vasek (The Bartered Bride). In Oratorio he has also performed the Solos in Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vesper’s, Haydn’s Creation as well as Faure’s and Vivaldi’s Requiem.
He is also an established Recording Artist, having sold well over 20000 albums independently. His music has been taken to Australia, Nepal, USA, Canada and all over Europe.
He trained at Trinity College of Music and Morley Opera in London, and currently studies with Peter Knapp. He is a native English speaker, fluent in German, has good conversational French and Italian and has also sung in Spanish, Latin, Russian, Czech and Greenlandic.
“Richard Came to sing at our Golden Wedding Celebration on the 23rd March 19. His singing and professionalism made our evening a great success. We would highly recommend him and wish him well in his future career. We were overwhelmed with positive comments which was nice to hear. Many thanks Richard for all your hard work. Margaret & Richard Ottley.”