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Richard Reaville


Richard Reaville is renowned for his extensive repertoire and versatility. He began singing with Thelma Gilmore in Suffolk and entered the Royal Northern College of Music in 1982 to study with John Cameron and later in London with Iris Dell’Acqua, Nino Di Stefani in Brussels.

His solo operatic engagements have included First Soldier/L’incoronazione di Poppea (Glyndebourne Festival); Maintop and Arthur Jones/Billy Budd (ENO); Ambrogio/Torquato Tasso (Buxton Festival); Lord Puff/The English Cat (Hebbel Theatre Berlin); Ferrando/Così fan tutte (Opera Holland Park); Second Judge/Broken Strings (Scottish Opera); Eisenstein/Die Fledermaus (Mid Wales Opera); Piet the Pot/Le grand macabre (with the Odense Symphony Orchestra Denmark); Herald/Simon Boccanegra (Tivoli Festival Copenhagen); Juhana/The Last Temptations (Nilsia Festival Finland).

Recent operatic engagements have included work with the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera in their productions of Die Meistersinger and Lohengrin, Opera North in their production of Verdi’s Otello and Britten’s Peter Grimes.

Richard Reaville is in demand throughout Europe performing a wide range of concert and oratorio repertoire. His engagements include work with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the English String Orchestra, the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Lorraine, the Kuopio and Jyväskylä orchestras of Finland, the Arhus and Randers Orchestras of Denmark, the Örebro Orchestra of Sweden, and the Belgium National Orchestra. Works have included Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Evangelist and arias in both of the Bach Passions, Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorindaperformed at the Purcell Room, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings performed with The Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and the world première of Anthony Girard‘s Le Rêve est notre espoir with l’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and much of the standard repertoire of Handel, Haydn and Mozart including a performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Händel Förderverein in Halle, Germany in celebration of Händel's birthday.

Radio and TV broadcasts include Britten’s Billy Budd for BBC2 Television, Danish Radio in a performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Finnish Television in a programme of opera arias and duets also featuring Karita Mattila and Britten‘s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Recordings are Britten’s Billy Budd for a BBC video, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Jihlava Choir and Ostrava Orchestra of the Czech Republic and Stuart Ward‘s A celebration of Gods, recorded with the Divertimenti of London.

Currently Richard’s performances include work with Opera North in their productions of La Fanciulla del West and Welsh National Opera in Schoenberg’s Moses and Aaron as well as concert and oratorio work throughout the UK and Europe.

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