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The British baritone Ashley Riches gained his earliest musical experiences singing in the Choir of King’s College in Cambridge; he later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and was subsequently accepted into the Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House. He has since performed in works by composers from Mozart to Poulenc there, as well as in the world premiere of Søren Nils Eichberg’s Glare. Riches has been engaged as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutti by Garsington Opera and as Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème by English National Opera; he has also performed in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati. Riches’ concert repertoire encompasses Verdi’s Messada Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, and Shostakovich’s Orango. In June 2016 he will make his Berlin Philharmonic debut as Creon in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.