Richard Reaville

Genre: Tenor


Richard Reaville, LTCL – Tenor 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 and Nino Di Stefani in Brussels.

His solo operatic engagements have included: Don José Carmen – Bizet (WNO); First Solider L’incoronazione di Poppea – Monteverdi (Glyndebourne Festival); Maintop and Arthur Jones Billy Budd – Britten (ENO); Ambrogio Torquato Tasso  – Donizetti (Buxton Festival); Lord Puff The English Cat – Henze (Hebbel Theatre Berlin); Ferrando Così fan tutte – Mozart (Opera Holland Park); Second Judge Broken Strings – Param Vir (Scottish Opera); Eisenstein Die Fledermaus – J. Strauss (Mid Wales Opera); Piet the Pot Le grand macabre – Ligeti (with the Odense Symphony Orchestra Denmark); Herald Simon Boccanegra – Verdi (Tivoli Festival Cophenhagen); Juhana The Last Temptations – Kokkonen (Nilsia Festival Finland).

Recent operatic engagements have included work with Welsh National Opera in their productions of Macbeth, Meistersinger, Lohengrin, Schoenberg’s Moses and Aaron and covering the Old Convict From The House Of The Dead, Janacek; with Opera North in their production of Verdi’s Otello, Peter Grimes and La Fanciulla del West, with Grange Park Opera in their productions of Fiddler on the Roof in which he played the role of the Rabbi with Bryn Terfel in the main role and Eugene Onegin. More recently he has been working with the Glyndebourne Festival in their production of Meistersinger in which he also covered the role of Zorn.

Richard 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 Clorinda performed 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 Förderverien 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 DVD, 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.

Future engagements include work with Welsh National Opera in From The House Of The Dead, Janacek and with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Britten’s Billy Budd.

For Oratorio and concert repertoire please scroll down:

Oratorio and concert rep
Composer Work
Bach. J.S B Minor Mass
Christmas Oratorio
Cantatas (Various)
St John Passion – Evangelist & Arias
St Matthew Passion – Evangelist & Arias
Beethoven Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Symphony No 9
Blake H Benedictus
Britten Canticle III
Rejoice in the Lamb
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
St Nicholas
Three Songs fro “The Heart of the Matter”
Winter Words
Bruckner Te Deum
Conelius Christmas Songs
Stabat Mater
Dvorak Requiem
Stabat Mater
Dyson Canterbury Pilgrims
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
The Light of Life
Finzi For St Cecilia
Girard A. Le rêve est notre espoir
Gounod St Cecilia
Haazen G Missa Luba
Handel Acis and Galatea
Alexander’s Feast
Chandos Anthem (O Praise the Lord)
Dettingen Te Deum
Dixit Dominus
Israel in Egypt
Judas Maccabaeus
Harrison Mass in C
Haydn Creation
Harmony Mass
Imperial “Nelson” Mass
Maria Theresa Mass
St. Cecilia Mass
Haydn M Missa Pro Defunctis
Kodaly Missa Brevis
Lloyd Webber A. Requiem
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mayr JS Requiem
McCartney Liverpool Oratorio
Mendelssohn Elijah
Erste Walpurgisnacht
Hymn of Praise
Lauda Sion
Monteverdi Beatus Vir
Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Mornder Olivet to Calvery
Mozart Davidde Penitente
Mass in C minor
Solemn Vespers
Nielsen Springtime in Funen
Orff Carmina Burana
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Ramirez Misa Criolla
Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle
Stabat Mater
Schubert Auf dem Strom
Mass in E flat
Stabat Mater
Stainer Crucifixion
Coleridge Taylor Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Tippett A Child of our Time
Vaughn-Williams Serenade to Music
Verdi Requiem
Ward A Celebration of Gods
Weber C M von Messe du Jubilée
Artist: Richard Reaville
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Tenor