Richard is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Graziella Sciutti. He is an alumnus of the Samling Foundation.
His most recent engagements include a concert tour of the UK with the John Wilson Orchestra, broadcast on Sky Television - he also appears on John Wilson's new CD, Cole Porter in Hollywood; he recorded the principal baritone role of Philippe in Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, now released on Deutsche Grammophon; and he has just sung Ford in Verdi's Falstaff at the Staatstheater Oldenburg in Germany.
The bulk of Richard's Opera work over the last decade has been in Germany. Houses he has appeared in include: the Staatsoper Hannover (Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia); Theater Bonn (Peter Hänsel und Gretel); Nationaltheater Mannheim (Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, Peter Hänsel und Gretel); Staatstheater Oldenburg (Ford, Falstaff); Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern (He, Someone is going to come, Vaage, He, Ein Mond aus kochender Milch, Kerger & The Traveller Death In Venice); Staatstheater Mainz (Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande, Don Giovanni Don Giovanni, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Germont La traviata, Belcore L'elisir d'amore, Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, Peter Hänsel und Gretel and Marcello La bohème); Theater Bremen (Ottokar Der Freischütz); Theater Krefeld Mönchengladbach (Belcore); Theater Koblenz (Enrico); Theater Hagen (Dandini La cenerentola) and the Staatstheater Schwerin (Baritone solo Carmina Burana, staged).
Opera elsewhere in Europe includes appearances at the Théatre National du Luxembourg in the above mentioned contemporary operas by Knut Vaage and Camille Kerger, co-productions with the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and in Holland with Opera Zuid singing Lescaut in Massenet's Manon
In the UK he has sung Sharpless Madam Butterfly in Raymond Gubbay's production at the Royal Albert Hall. At Opera North he sang Count Robinson The Secret Marriage and Goryanchikov From the House of the Dead. For Samling Opera he appeared as Don Alfonso in Sir Thomas Allen's production of Cosi fan tutte. Earlier, he gave over 150 Operetta performances with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, his roles including Dr. Falke Die Fledermaus and Strephon Iolanthe. He also sang Dr. Falke at Opera Holland Park, London.
Richard's concert and oratorio work is mainly in Britain where he has appeared at all of the UK's leading venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican, the Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Bridgewater Hall, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Usher Hall, St. David's Hall, Cardiff and the Wigmore Hall.
He has worked with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, John Wilson Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National, the Scottish Chamber, the Hallé, the Northern Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players.
Richard is a committed Lieder singer, appearing regularly at music and Lieder societies throughout Germany and the UK. In Chamber music he has appeared with the Badke Quartet at the St. Magnus Festival. He is co-founder of the Burns Ensemble, together with the Viennese Flautist, Karin Leitner.
He has broadcast on BBC TV and Radio on numerous occasions and has appeared on Classic FM, both as a soloist and as a presenter. As well as his recent work with John Wilson and Rufus Wainwright, also on CD Richard has recorded the role of The Sultan in Sullivan's The Rose of Persia, a BBC world premiere recording; and the title role in Edward German's Tom Jones, also a world premiere recording, on Naxos. He has released a solo disc of Scottish songs entitled Songs Of My Home with the Scottish label, Corban Recordings.