Richard is a freelance writer and film director. He wrote the award-winning The History of Classical Music and The History of Opera for Naxos AudioBooks and is a regular contributor to Opera Now, BBC Music Magazine and Classical Music. He has written several books on opera, including a history of opera on film. He has also written the librettos for two operas, one of which, Survival Song, was nominated for an Olivier Award. His credits as a film director include The Original Three Tenors, a documentary about Caruso, Gigli and Bjorling.