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Richard Suart was born in Lancashire‚ and studied at St John’s College‚ Cambridge‚ and the Royal Academy of Music‚ where he was elected a Fellow in 2004. Recent and future engagements include Punch Punch and Judy (Berlin)‚ Major-General Stanley The Pirates of Penzance (Scottish Opera‚ and with the RTE Concert Orchestra)‚ Judge Turpin Sweeney Todd (Nederlandse Reisopera)‚ Jack Point The Yeomen of the Guard and Major-General (RTE Concert Orchestra)‚ Pangloss Candide (LA Philharmonic‚ Hollywood Bowl)‚ Mr Walter Afterlife (Melbourne Festival‚ Holland Festival‚ L’Opéra National de Lyon and the Barbican)‚ Ko-Ko The Mikado (ENO)‚ Lord Chancellor Iolanthe (San Francisco Symphony)‚ The Soldiers’ Tale and Façade (Psappha) and Baron Zeta The Merry Widow (Michigan Opera Theatre).

Richard has worked for all the major British opera houses and is much sought after in music theatre‚ contemporary opera and as a comedian in the more standard repertoire. Roles include Major-General
The Pirates of Penzance‚ Frank Die Fledermaus Baron Zeta The Merry Widow‚ Lesbo Agrippina and Benoit/Alcindoro La Bohème (ENO); Jack Point (Welsh National Opera and ROH)‚ French Ambassador Of thee I Sing‚ Snookfield Let ’Em Eat Cake and Barabashkin Paradise Moscow (Opera North and Bregenz)‚ Don Jerome The Duenna (ETO)‚ Edgar The Tell-Tale Heart (ROH2)‚ Stan Stock in the premiere of Benedict Mason’s Playing Away (ON‚ Bregenz and St Pölten)‚ Magnifico La Cenerentola‚ Antonio Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington)‚ Lord Chancellor‚ Don Inigo Gomez L’Heure Espagnole (Grange Park)‚ the British première of Shostakovitch’s Cheryomushki (Pimlico Opera) and King Arthur Gwyneth and the Green Knight (Premiere‚ Music Theatre Wales).

Richard has been a member of the D’Oyly Carte since 1988 with whom he has sung many of the Savoy operas‚
Orpheus in the Underworld and La Vie Parisienne. His involvement with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan has led him to create As a Matter of Patter‚ which he has performed with his wife at many venues in the UK‚ South Africa and the Middle East. Generally considered the leading patter man of his generation‚ he has appeared as the Duke of Plaza-Toro‚ The Lord Chancellor and Sir Joseph Porter (BBC Proms) and made many other appearances at Gala Concerts in the UK‚ North America and Canada. He has also given performances of The Parson’s Pirates (Opera della Luna‚ Bridewell Theatre‚ London) and took part in the Venetian premiere of The Mikado at the Palafenice. Richard is a regular visitor to the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival‚ held in Buxton each summer‚ and is a Vice President of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Productions abroad have included Donizetti’s
L’Ajo nell‘Imbarazzo (Batignano); Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King (Gelsenkirchen‚ Milan‚ Helsinki‚ Strasbourg‚ Stavanger and Paris)‚ Mason’s Chaplinoperas with the Ensemble Modern (Germany‚ Portugal‚ Holland and Austria)‚ and gave world première performances of Param Vir’s Snatched by the gods and Broken Strings (Netherlands Opera‚ Munich and for Opera Transparant in Antwerp‚ Rotterdam and Rouen). He has sung Chaplinoperas and Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon with the Ensemble Intercontemporain in New York and Paris‚ and Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at the Salzburg Festival and the Châtelet‚ Peter Grimes‚ Reigen and The Mikado for Reisoper‚ Holland‚ Dido and Aeneas in Bremen and Turin‚ and Les Noces in Brussels. He has made two visits to New York for The Mikado with City Opera; he has also sung Ko-Ko in Vancouver and Penang. He has enjoyed a long association with Diva Opera for whom he has appeared as Dr. Bartolo‚ Gianni Schicchi and Dulcamara; with whom he has directed (and appeared in) three operettas Trial by JuryDie Fledermaus and Cox and Box in the Channel Islands‚ UK‚ Switzerland and France.

Recordings include
Eight Songs for a Mad King (Finnish TV and Channel 4)‚ Turnage’s Greek (BBCTV and Decca)‚ CandideA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Fairy Queen and Orpheus in the Underworld; The GeishaThe Maid of the Mountains and Sullivan’s The Contrabandista (Hyperion)‚ and Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince‚ (BBCTV and Sony CD and DVD). Savoy operas include The Gondoliers and Iolanthe (D’Oyly Carte) and The MikadoThe Pirates of PenzanceHMS PinaforeThe Yeomen of the Guard and Trial by Jury under Sir Charles Mackerras.

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