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.
Highlights in recent seasons include 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 inDas Rheingold & 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 for Buxton Festival Opera; 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).