Richard Jackson was born in Cornwall and studied at the Guildhall School, having first sung as a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge.
He developed a number of specialisms as a singer, including contemporary music and the song repertoire. He created a variety of new opera roles at London's Almeida Festival, as well as singing new music in Amsterdam, Warsaw, Huddersfield, and Mexico.
A founder-member of The Songmakers' Almanac, he regularly sang with the group in the Wigmore Hall, at the Festivals of Aldeburgh and Edinburgh, and further afield in Europe, the USA, and Hong Kong and took part in their recordings for BBCTV and CD.
He was the original Christus in Jonathan Miller's celebrated staging of the St Matthew Passion, also for BBCTV and on CD. He sang at ENO, Opera North, Glyndebourne, and the Monnaie, Brussels. He sang the title role in Eugene Onegin under Rostropovich, and worked on Menotti's Maria Golovin, directed by the composer.
Richard has now retired as a singer, but his specialist languages, French and German, are being employed in a flourishing teaching career. He leads song classes at the RCM, GSMD, and TCM as well as making regular visits to York, where he has directed two Purcell stagings: King Arthur, and Dido and Aeneas. He has taught in Beijing, Hong Kong, Australia, France and Norway. He has served twice on the jury of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.