To honour his memory, Opera North, his friends, family and many of the people Richard worked with throughout his career will gather to celebrate his life with a memorial concert on 16 February 2014.
A giant in the opera world in every way possible, his career spanned over 3 decades and reached audiences all over the UK and abroad. Born in 1942‚ in Esher‚ Surrey, Richard made his professional operatic debut in 1966 and soon developed a long-standing relationship with Opera North, appearing in many productions, including Ruddigore, Julietta, The Portrait, Peter Grimes, Paradise Moscow, The Cunning Little Vixen, Arabella, The Barber of Seville, L’énfant et les sortilèges and Rusalka.
Richard’s colleagues will come together to pay tribute by performing works that reflect his eclectic tastes in music and the breadth of his long and distinguished career. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and Jo Davies, the concert will feature Dame Josephine Barstow, Giselle Allen, Richard Burkhard, Yvonne Howard, Janis Kelly, Richard Suart, John Graham Hall, the Chorus of Opera North and many more. The programme includes excerpts from The Mikado, Cunning Little Vixen, Love for Three Oranges, Ruddigore and Peter Grimes as well as works by Handel, Dvorak, Schubert and Chopin, Richard Farnes, David Lloyd-Jones, Wyn Davies and Jim Holmes will conduct the Chorus & Orchestra of Opera North.
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to a Bursary to support young singers and the English National Opera’s Benevolent Fund.
More information and ticket booking can be found here.