Sir Richard Armstrong was Music Director of Scottish Opera from 1993–2005 and Welsh National Opera from 1973–1986. He has conducted regularly at Covent Garden and English National Opera and overseas engagements have taken him to Frankfurt, Geneva, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome, Brussels, Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo and Sydney. He conducts a broad operatic repertoire centred around the works of Verdi, Wagner, Strauss and Janacek. He has conducted regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival (including the highly acclaimed RING Cycles in 2003), as well as appearing at the BBC Proms and the Vienna Festival.
He has worked with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Halle, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and abroad with orchestras including the Japan Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfonica de Sao Paolo.
His many recordings include Ariadne for Chandos as well as recordings with Thomas Hampson, Roberto Alagna, Deborah Voigt and Angela Gheorghiu.
Sir Richard Armstrong was awarded the Janacek Medal in 1978, was named as Conductor of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society, and knighted in 2004.