Richard Woodall was born in Solihull and studied Performance Arts at Middlesex University and singing at the Guildhall School of Music.
He was a founder member of the reformed D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, for whom he has sung a number of roles and recordings, and toured to California.
Richard sings regularly with the English National Opera, Opera North and has also worked with De Vlaamse Opera in Belgium.
He has sung principal roles for Carl Rosa Opera, Crystal Clear Opera, Pavilion Opera, Pimlico Opera, Opus 1 Opera, London Opera Players, Opera Della Luna, Opera Interludes, Kentish Opera, New Devon Opera, Heritage Opera, Surrey Opera, the Unicorn Arts Theatre, Civit Hills Opera, and the Isle of Man Festival.
Recent roles include the Viceroy in Offenbach’s ‘LA PERICHOLE’, Leporello in Mozart’s ‘DON GIOVANNI’, Dulcamara in Donizetti’s ‘L’ELISIR D’AMORE’, Figaro and Dr Bartolo in both Rossini’s ‘THE BARBER OF SEVILLE’ and Mozart’s ‘THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO’, King Philip in Verdi’s ‘DON CARLOS’, Johann in Massenet’s ‘WERTHER’ for Opera Holland Park, and Dr Grenvil in Verdi’s ‘LA TRAVIATA’ for the Barbados Opera Festival.
His gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan roles has included Lord Mountararat in ‘IOLANTHE’, Don Alhambra del Bolero in ‘THE GONDOLIERS’, Wilfred Shadbolt in ‘THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD’, the Pirate King in ‘THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE’, and the title-role in ‘THE MIKADO’, as well as numerous G & S concerts throughout the country.
Richard was also involved in the highly acclaimed Cameron Mackintosh production of Lionel Bart’s ‘OLIVER!’, singing the role of the Knife-Grinder and undestudying/playing the role of Mr Brownlow. Following a UK tour, the production played for three months in Toronto, Canada.
In addition to his operatic work, Richard regularly appears in concert and cabaret, showcasing the music of Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, and Cole Porter.