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 Richard returns to Welsh National Opera as Don Basilio/Don Curzio in Tobias Richter’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
Highlights in recent seasons include Howard Boucher Dead Man Walking for Welsh National Opera; The Teacher Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Nick The Girl of the Golden West and Balthasar Zorn The Mastersingers of Nuremberg all for English National Opera; Mime Das Rheingold and Siegfried in Der Ring des Nibelungen for Opera North; The Gaoler/The Grand Inquisitor Il prigioniero for Theater Lübeck; and Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatru Manoel in Malta.
Other engagements have included The Mayor Albert Herring, The Prince Rusalka, Števa Jenůfa and Boris Katya Kabanova (English Touring Opera); Tichon Katya Kabanova (Den Jyske Opera); 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); Matteo Arabella (Opera Australia); Stroh Intermezzo (Buxton Festival Opera); Mime Das Rheingold / Siegfried (Opera North); The Steersman Der fliegende Holländer and Young Seaman/Sailor Tristan und Isolde (Grange Park Opera).
His recordings include Bardolph Falstaff with English National Opera conducted by Paul Daniel (Chandos) and The Cockerel The Cunning Little Vixen with the Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano (Opus Arte).
Concert engagements include Fourth Jew Salome (London Symphony Orchestra / Richard Hickox); Beethoven Symphony No.9 at the Brighton Dome; Mozart Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall; Carmina Burana (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and Rossini Stabat Mater at St John’s, Smith Square.
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”
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.”
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.”