Linda Richardson was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was a Peter Moores Foundation Scholar and winner of the Frederic Cox Award. She completed her studies at the National Opera Studio. As an English National Opera Company Principal between 1997 and 2005 her roles included Fiordiligi, Micaëla, Gilda, Mimì, Violetta and Donna Anna. She has also performed for companies including Opera North, Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park and the Dutch National Opera.
Highlights in recent seasons include Cio-Cio San/Madama Butterfly, title role/Anna Bolena, Amaltea/Mosè in Egitto, and Elvira/I puritani all for Welsh National Opera and Violetta/La traviata for Scottish Opera.
She performs extensively on the oratorio and concert platform, and is a frequent recitalist, having sung at the Newbury, Three Choirs and Arundel Festivals. Other concert appearances include Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem (Royal Northern Sinfonia); Handel Messiah (English Chamber Orchestra); and Britten Les Illuminations (Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra). She has also featured as a guest soloist on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2.
In the current season she performs Violetta in La traviata for Welsh National Opera.