A 2013 Gramophone award-winning artist as principal soloist for the Gabrieli Consort (A New Venetian Coronation, 1595), English tenor Richard Butler now lives in Sydney with his two children. In Europe, Richard performed in solo roles in many of the great concert halls, including principal tenor in a Purcell program at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and in Monteverdi’s Vespers at the Berlin Philharmonia Hall. More recently he performed Handel’s Acis and Galatea across the continent, Blow’s Venus and Adonis at the Wigmore Hall in London, and Britten’s St Nicholas in Cardiff. In Australia, last year Richard was Pastore in the ABO’s production of Orfeo by Monteverdi, and was Principal tenor for the same in their Mozart the Great series this year.
Richard also was prinipal tenor in Monteverdi Vespers at St George’s Cathedral, Perth, and for St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. He also performed the title role of Ruggiero in a performance of an opera by Francesca Caccini for Ondine Productions as well as Evangelist in JS Bach’s St John Passion for the Sydney Graduate Choir. Future engagements as principle include a collaboration with the Acacia Quartet, Bach’s Magnificat for Paul Dyer (AO) and the ABO, as well as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Vespers for the Melbourne Symphony Chorus