Richard Walshe

Award: Tutton Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Location: Royal Academy of Music


Richard was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in 2010, and graduated in 2014 with first class honours. He completed a Master of Arts degree at the RAM with distinction in 2016 and is currently continuing his studies with Royal Academy Opera where he will be under the tutelage of Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. 
In the Summer 2017 Richard was an artist with the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project, appearing as Eiler in the Salzburg Festival Kinderoper: Der Schauspieldirektor. In June 2016 Richard debuted for Opera Holland Park, performing the role of Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème as part of the Christine Collins’ Young Artist Programme. For Royal Academy Opera Richard has performed the roles of Brown (Die Dreigroschenoper), Melisso (Alcina), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Amantio di Nicolao (Gianni Schicchi). 
Richard has had recent success on the competition platform, winning the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Singing Competition in September 2016. He was also awarded the Audrey Strange Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, and the second and audience prizes at the National Mozart competition in February 2017.

As an Oratorio soloist Richard has had a variety of performance opportunities, including: Brahms’ Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Bach’s Cantata BWV 203 Amore Traditore; Pilate and Christus in Bach’s St Johns Passion; Zebul in Handel’s Jephtha; and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. 

Future performances include the roles of Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Minskman (Flight) for Royal Academy Opera.

Richard is grateful for the support and performance opportunities provided by the a Carr-Gregory Scholarship, The Warne Scholarship, The Countess of Munster Trust, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.