English-born Richard Alexander studied at the Queensland Conservatorium and at Trinity College, London. He was a Young Artist with Opera Queensland (1991), for whom he sang Leporello (Don Giovanni), and with Opera Australia (1993/94). He won several prestigious awards and scholarships including the 1998 Vienna State Opera Award following which he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Richard performs regularly with Opera Australia in roles including Osmin (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Argante (Rinaldo), Sarastro/Speaker (The Magic Flute), Colline (La bohème), Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Melisso (Alcina), Mustafa (L’italiana in Algeri), Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Angelotti (Tosca), Bottom/Snug (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Baron Douphol/Marchese (La Traviata), Don Pedro (Béatrice et Bénedict), Pietro (Simon Boccanegra), Hobson (Peter Grimes), Luther/Schlemil (The Tales of Hoffmann), Private Willis (Iolanthe), Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos), Don Magnifico (Cenerentola), Gaudenzio (Il Signor Bruschino), Germano (La scala di seta), Farfarello (The Love for Three Oranges) Dick Deadeye (HMS Pinafore) The Usher (Trial by Jury) and Pooh Bah (The Mikado).
Concert appearances have included a tour of Handel’s Messiah with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Stockholm Bach Choir, Mozart’s Requiem for the Sydney Opera House Trust, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Messiah for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Stockholm Bach Choir and the Drottingholm Baroque Ensemble in Stockholm, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sydney Philharmonia and a tour with the ACO performing Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem.
Recent performances for Opera Australia have included Don Magnifico, Leporello, Horn (Un ballo in maschera), Zoroastro (Orlando) and the title role in The Mikado; in 2008/2009, he was engaged as soloist by the Melbourne and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia and the Perth Collegium.
In 2011, Richard sang Ormonte in Opera Australia’s new production of Partenope; he also appeared in La traviata, The Mikado and The Love of the Nightingale for the national company and was guest soloist with the Sydney Symphony.