- Parsifal – King Amfortas
Richard Burkhard began his musical career as a boy chorister at St. George’s Chapel‚ Windsor Castle. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama where he was awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, and graduated with Distinction. He was awarded a bursary to study with Carlo Bergonzi at the Accademia Musicale di Chigiana in Sienna. He is a previous winner of the Decca prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards‚ and winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Voice Competition.
Known for his versatility both as an actor and a singer’ Richard has become increasingly in demand in opera and on the concert platform. Current engagements include Harry Easter (Street Scene) for Teatro Real‚ Madrid‚ Tiridate (Radamisto) for Northern Ireland Opera‚ Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Palau de les Arts‚ Valencia‚ Ford (Falstaff) and Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) for Garsington Opera‚ Lieutenant Horstmayer (Silent Night)‚ Tonio (Pagliacci)‚ the title rôle in Gianni Schicchi, Dr Dulcamara (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Lhotský (Osud) for Opera North‚ Tomsky (The Queen of Spades) and Cascart (Zazà) for Opera Holland Park‚ Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Dandini (La Cenerentola) for Scottish Opera and Garibaldo (Rodelinda) at English National Opera and the Bolshoi Theatre (nominated for Best Actor in the Golden Mask Russian Theatre Awards).
Further engagements include Marcello (La Bohème)‚ Mamoud (The Death of Klinghoffer)‚ Garibaldo and Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus) for English National Opera‚ Figaro The Marriage of Figaro‚ Nikita in the British premiere of Weinberg’s The Portrait and Sir Despard Murgatroyd (Ruddigore) for Opera North‚ Michonnet (Adriana Lecouvreur)‚ Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale) and Gianni Schicchi for Opera Holland Park‚ Tolstoy (Sevastopol) for the Royal Opera House and Junkman and King Augustus (Candide) for Opera National de Lorraine‚ Nancy. This is his debut with Saffron Opera Group.