Ian Richardson, bass-baritone, is a native Iowan currently residing in Richmond, VA. He received a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Music from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, both in vocal/operatic performance.
Since 2011, Ian has performed with reputable opera companies from Iowa to the east coast, including Kentucky Opera, Charlottesville Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Marble City Opera, Knoxville Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera.
Outside of church in Richmond, he has enjoyed collaborating with the Richmond Symphony Chorus as a soloist, a Main Stage artist at Capitol Opera, and as a soloist for Richmond Concert Chorale. He is also a bass in the Piedmont Singers of Central Virginia, an up-and-coming octet specializing in living composers.
Ian also composes classical music, including a full recital of art songs he performed with pianist, Daniel Stipe, at Longwood University this past February 2018. His other works include an abundance of choral music, more art songs, satirical songs, and a song set for soprano, piano, and string quintet. His choral work, “Te Lucis”—composed in loving memory of Peter Hopkins (music director of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church)—was his first premier, performed by St. Stephen’s chamber choir, Sanctuary. In the Winter of 2018, he received his first commission, a collaboration with Richmond Women’s Chorus, words written by Richmond’s own beloved slam poet, Michelle Dodd. You can hear two of Ian’s latest choral commissions during the Piedmont Singers’ fall concert, Love and Madness.