Biography of Edgar-Wilson Richard:
Richard Edgar-Wilson's lyric tenor voice and musical artistry are in demand internationally, both on the concert platform and the opera stage. As a concert soloist, Richard has worked in over thirty countries and collaborated with many of the best conductors working today including Sir Neville Marriner, Mark Minkowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, Jeffrey Tate, Sir David Willcocks, Philippe Herreweghe and Sir Charles Mackerras. Richard is noted particularly as a Bach Evangelist and as an interpreter of the music of Benjamin Britten. He has sung with orchestras such as Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London Philharmonic, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In recital he has performed with Graham Johnson and the Songmakers' Almanac, and with Eugene Asti, Iain Burnside, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake and Malcolm Martineau.
Opera appearances include Acis in Canada and London, Tamino in New Zealand, Don Ottavio in Lisbon, Thespis/Mercure (Platée) with Minkowski at the Palais Garnier in Paris, and Orfeo with Laurence Cummings. He has created roles in world premieres of operas by Mark-Anthony Turnage (English National Opera), Huw Watkins, Nicola Lefanu, Edward McGuire and Stephen McNeff (for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) and has sung in Deborah Warner’s acclaimed production of Death in Venice at English National Opera and at La Monnaie in Brussels (where he took over the role of Aschenbach), with future performances at La Scala, Milan.
Recordings include San Giovanni Battista (GRAMOPHONE Baroque Vocal CD Award), Dioclesian with the English Concert, Messiah, Artaxerxes, Boyce Odes with the Hanover Band, Coates Songs with Sir Thomas Allen and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Die Schöne Müllerin, On Wenlock Edge, and two volumes of Swiss Romantic Lieder for Guild. Film and television work includes Beauty in the world premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit for Channel Four Television and Radames in the Norwegian feature film Suffløsen (nominated for a "Best Foreign Film" Oscar)