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Richard's Biography

Richard Suart was born in Blackpool at a time when it was still a thriving seaside resort, way back in the last century.


He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he was elected a Fellow in 2004.


His early career was much taken up with contemporary opera, giving world première performances of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek, Harrison Birtwistle’s Yan Tan Tethera and The Masque of Orpheus, Benedict Mason’s Playing Away, and Param Vir’s Snatched by the gods, and Broken Strings .. He sang Peter Maxwell Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King in the QEH with Opera Factory, with further productions in Gelsenkirchen, Helsinki, Paris, Strasbourg, Milan and Stavanger. He sang in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at the Salzburg Festival and the Châtelet.


He has also been a member of the D’Oyly Carte since 1988, and has now sung virtually every Savoy Opera; with ENO he has sung The Mikado, Princess Ida, Pirates and Trial by Jury: he also understudied Patience in 1984; with WNO The Yeomen of the Guard (also at the ROH!); with Scottish Opera also The Gondoliers and Utopia Limited; Iolanthe at The Grange Festival and San Francisco; Thespis in Twickenham; Ruddigore for Opera Holland Park and HMS Pinafore for Charles Court Opera: he sang The Grand Duke at the Finborough.


Recent engagements have included Candide at The Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood and The Grange Festival where he also sang Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady; Benoit in La Bohème  at Glyndebourne and Maestro Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi for Scottish Opera. In March he will sing in Fault Lines for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in four tin mines in Cornwall before appearing at Grange Park in Island of Dreams. 

He is married to director and librettist Emma Jenkins and when he is not working, he enjoys relaxing with a glass of rosé in his allotment with his wife and family.

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