Andrew Richards has won international recognition as an exciting lirico-spinto tenor in theaters including the Berlin State Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Frankfurt Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Tetaro Maestranza, Seville, L’Opera Comique in Paris, L’Opera de Marseille, L’ Opera de Nice, Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera as well at the Arena di Verona, Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Bregenz Festival, and in Aix en Provence.
In the 2009/2010 season Andrew Richards sang his first Wagnerian role, appearing as Parsifal in a new production of the work at the Stuttgart Opera. Richards will return to the Teatro Comunale in Bologna as Don Jose in Carmen and also returns to the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels as Macduff in Macbeth as well as Don Jose at the Arena di Verona. Other engagements during the 2009/2010 season included Pinkerton for the Berlin State Opera and L’enfant Prodigue at La Monnaie. In the fall of 2010 Richards will sing his first Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra for the Opera du Rhin. He returns to the Monnaie in Brussels for the new production of Parsifal and subsequently returns to the Hamburg State Opera asTurridu in Cavalleria Rusticana. Future engagements also include his debut as Gherman in The Queen of Spades in Hamburg and Tosca for the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen.
In recent season Richards has made several important debuts and also made significant additions to his repertoire. In the fall of 2007 he made his debut at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels in his first performances of the title role in Massenet’s Werther. He made his Spanish debut in the same role at the Teatro Maestranza in Seville. In 2008 he then sang his first performances of Pollione in Norma at the Berlin State Opera, followed by his debut in the title role of Samson et Dalila at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna.. Richards was heard at the Bregenz Festival in the summer of 2009 in Tosca and returned there the following summer as well. In the fall of 2008 Richards made his debut at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen in Don Carlos. He then sang Pinkerton in the Cologne Opera’s new production of Madama Butterfly and returned to Munich in Norma in Munich opposite Edita Gruberova. He made his debut at the Vienna as Werther and also appeared in the role in Munich. In June of 2009 Richards made his debut in Paris at the Opera Comique in a new production of Carmen under John Elliot Gardiner. He returned to the Arena di Verona in the same role.
A graduate of Eastman School of Music, Andrew Richards has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the first prizes from the Enrico Caruso Competition, Liederkranz Vocal Competition and the Opera Index Competition as well as having received special grants from the Puccini Foundation and the Sullivan Foundation.