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Richard Roberts


Originally from Kansas, Richard Roberts completed a degree in Music at the University of Kansas and studied further at the Chautauqua School of Music, New York. Formerly a principal artist with both the Staatstheater Kassel and English National Opera, he has also appeared as guest at the Theater Kiel, Theater Krefeld and Volkstheater Rostock. His many roles have included The Witch Hänsel und Gretel, Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, Truffaldino The Love for Three Oranges, Platon Karataev War and Peace, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi, Edmondo Manon Lescaut, Pang Turandot, Alfred Die Fledermaus, Young Guard King Priam, David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Walther Tannhäuser.

In the current season he performs Dr Blind Die Fledermaus and Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro (Vienna-Tel Aviv Vocal Connection). Among his recent highlights are Don Basilio/Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro, Howard Boucher Dead Man Walking (Welsh National Opera).

His operatic roles include Mime Der Ring des Nibelungen (Opera North); The Mayor Albert Herring, The Prince Rusalka, Števa Jenůfa and Boris Katya Kabanova (English Touring Opera); Tichon Katya Kabanova (Den Jyske Opera); Gaoler/Grand Inquisitor Il prigioniero (Theater Lübeck); Goro Madama Butterfly (Dayton Opera); Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos, Spoletta Tosca and Mime Das Rheingold (Longborough Festival Opera); Normanno Lucia di Lammermoor (Buxton International Festival); Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro (Teatru Manoel) Matteo Arabella (Opera Australia); Stroh Intermezzo (Buxton Festival Opera); The Steersman Der fliegende Holländer; and Young Seaman/Sailor Tristan und Isolde (Grange Park Opera).

His recordings include Bardolph Falstaff (English National Opera/Chandos) and The Cockerel The Cunning Little Vixen (Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra/Opus Arte).

In concert he has performed Fourth Jew Salome (London Symphony Orchestra); Beethoven Symphony No.9 (Brighton Dome); Mozart Requiem (Royal Festival Hall); Carmina Burana (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra); and Rossini Stabat Mater (St John’s, Smith Square).

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Richard Roberts worldwide


The Devil / Christmas Eve / Chelsea Opera Group / 2017
“Richard Roberts, who played Mime in Opera North’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, delivered an astutely observed portrayal of the Devil…”

“Richard Roberts made a lovely devil”
(Planet Hugill)

Mime / Der Ring des Nibelungen / Opera North / 2016
“Richard Roberts delivers a feisty Mime…”

“Richard Roberts’s Mime was more than just wheedling. His words and their import registered strongly, likewise his character’s sheer misery in nostalgia for old Nibelheim.”
(Opera Today)

Gaoler & Grand Inquisitor / Il prigioniero / Theater Lübeck / 2015
“Richard Roberts’ bright tenor with its easy vocal production brought out the unforced power of the Jailer / Grand Inquisitor.”
(Kieler Nachrichten)