Richards, Sharon

Sharon graduated from the University of Wales and continued her studies at the University of Keele, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and finally at the National Opera Studio. She began her career as an opera repetiteur with Welsh National Opera, and has since worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera and Icelandic Opera, working with eminent conductors including Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Mark Ermler, Sir Charles Mackerras and Carlo Rizzi. 

Recently, Sharon has been principally associated with Welsh National Opera and has played regularly with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera including at the Faenol Festival in North Wales. As an accompanist, Sharon has taken part in masterclasses given by distinguished artists including Dame Janet Baker, Brigitte Nielsen, Richard Bonynge and Ileana Cotrubas.

As an orchestral pianist she has appeared with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Northern Sinfonia. She also works regularly as an audition accompanist for the BBCNOW.

From 1999 to 2001 Sharon was accompanist to the BBC National Chorus of Wales where she worked closely with Richard Hickox, Paul Daniel and Grant Llewelyn.

Sharon is a piano tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Atlantic College and was a vocal coach and accompanist for the Cardiff International Academy of Voice.  She is also a member of the Examining Panel for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.