Richard Bignall was born in London and completed his postgraduate degree in 2015 with First Class Honours at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the tutelage of John Evans.
Opera experience includes ‘MacDuff’ in Macbeth (Glyndebourne Jerwood Opera, Linbury Theatre, ROH), covering the role of 'Flute' in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), covering the title role in the world premiere of The Tale of Januarie (GSMD), ’Une Bête’ (L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges) and chorus as part of the Glyndebourne 2015 and 2016 Seasons and Tour, ‘Andy Anderson’ in Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera), ’Prunier’ in La Rondine, ‘Tonio’ in La Fille du Régiment, ‘Jacquino’ in Fidelio, ‘Tom Rakewell’ in The Rake’s Progress, ‘Mayor’ and title role in Albert Herring, (GSMD Scenes), ’Nireno’ in Giulio Cesare (ConcertOperaRecital), cover of ‘Frank’ in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, cover of ‘Mr. Twig’ in Thomas Arne’s The Cooper, (GSMD) and Chorus in Grimes on the Beach (Opera North).
Concert experience includes semi-chorus for Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet with the LSO under Valery Gergiev, a rare performance of Cornelius Cardew’s Ode Machines in the Southbank’s ‘The Rest is Noise’ Festival, the world premieres of Noel Mewton-Wood’s recently-discovered songs and recitals in St. Martin-in-the-Fields and South Hill Park. He has also performed in masterclasses with Sarah Walker, Toby Spence and Neil Jenkins.
Oratorio experience includes Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Dixit Dominus, and Messiah, Charpentier's Te Deum, Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Haydn’s Imperial ‘Nelson’ Mass, Saint-Säen's Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion, and chorus in Jonathan Miller’s production of St. Matthew’s Passion in the National Theatre. Richard has also sung multiple times on BBC Radio 3, the BBC Proms and was the winner of the 2014/15 Guildhall English Song Award.
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