Born in Northumberland, Richard Pinkstone graduated from the University of York, where he read Music and sang Damon Acis and Galatea and Tamino The Magic Flute
He is currently studying for a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, where he is under the tutelage of Timothy Evans-Jones and Gary Matthewman. Richard Pinksotone is a Royal College of Music Richard Carne Scholar, supported by an Yvonne Wells Award and The Josephine Baker Trust.
At the Royal College of Music, he has sung The Witch Hänsel und Gretel, directed by Liam Steel, and Alfred Die Fledermaus, directed by John Copley.
His concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mass in C Minor and Requiem, and Schubert’s Mass in G and he made his international debut with a recital of music by Puccini, Rossini and Verdi at the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome.
Current engagements include the title role in Albert Herring for the inaugural Grange Festival, Podestà La finta giardiniera for the Royal College of Music International Opera School and Messiah in Truro Cathedral.
Richard Pinkstone joins the the RCM International Opera School in Autumn 2017.
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Albert: Albert Herring / The Grange Festival
“Richard Pinkstone gives us a different, and utterly credible, take on shop-boy Albert, the good boy voted May King since all the village girls are, in the words of the chief moralist, "not virgins but trollops". Tied to his widowed mum's apron strings but clearly strong enough to break loose from the first, this Albert has the operatic-tenor heft for the will to freedom in the voice from his very first scene, rather than the usual softer grain of the lyric-character choral scholar. The emancipation sees him very much in control; again, it's completely believable.”
The Arts Desk
“Albert himself was sympathetically sung by Richard Pinkstone, his willowy tenor capable of rising to heroic determination as he broke loose.”
“Above all, it is Richard Pinkstone as an outstanding and cherubic Albert; his comic timing, clear diction and full-throated singing fully engage, indicating early on that Albert is neither “plaster saint” nor “simpleton”. Particularly impressive was his self-pitying aria, sung with heartfelt emotion…”
“Richard Pinkstone, at once truculent and downtrodden, makes a nicely unsentimental Albert…”
The Financial Times
“Albert’s predicament is credibly set out by Richard Pinkstone…”
“…(Orla Boylan’s) singing is glorious, whether trumpeting outrage or quietly accepting joyful outcomes. The same is true of Richard Pinkstone’s ‘hero,’ whose robust tones always suggest the eventual break-out – he gave a beautifully rounded performance, from his horror at unpaid-for peaches to his insouciant swaggering at his ‘reappearance.’”
“Richard Pinkstone's Albert started out quiet and controlled, but certainly not too dim and there was a nice sense of undercurrents of something like rebellion already running through his performance in Act One. Pinkstone has an engaging stage presence, so his tipsy Act Three solo was particularly notable and enjoyable. As Albert started relaxing under the influence of the rum in Act Two, Pinkstone allowed his performance to become more animated, and the final scene was a brilliant mixture of comedy and seriousness. Pinkstone really brought out the feeling that Albert really was finding himself.”
“The sturdy doggedness of Richard Pinkstone, firm-voiced in the title role, makes the young grocer more than a wimp, even before he breaks free.”
“And at the heart of it all, Richard Pinkstone’s finely judged meek and mild Albert Herring.”
Witch: Hänsel und Gretel / Royal College of Music International Opera School
“Richard Pinkstone trod with great skill the fine line between comedy and tragedy, with stagecraft second to none, stagecraft that yet did not eclipse his estimable vocal attributes.”
Alfred: Die Fledermaus / Royal College of Music International Opera School
“Richard Pinkstone’s Alfred was an endearing, self-regarding operatic tenor...”