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.

The bulk of his Opera work over the last decade has been in Germany. He has appeared at the 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); the Staatsoper Hannover (Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia); the Nationaltheater Mannheim (Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, Peter Hänsel und Gretel); the 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 Bonn (Peter); 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).

In the UK he has sung Sharpless in Madam Butterfly 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. Elsewhere, he has appeared at the Theatre National du Luxembourg in new, contemporary operas by Knut Vaage and Camille Kerger.

In concert Richard 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 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, the BBC Concert and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Richard is a committed Lieder singer and regularly sings 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. He appears with the John Wilson Orchestra on their 2014 release, Cole Porter in Hollywood, and recently recorded the role of Philippe in Rufus Wainwright's debut Opera, Prima Donna, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon. Also on CD he 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.