Winner of the Welsh Singers Competition in 2012, Gary Griffiths represented Wales in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was the 2009 winner of the coveted Gold Medal Competition.
At the Welsh National Opera, where he began as an Associate Artist, he made a critically acclaimed debut in 2011 as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). His roles with the company include Masetto (Don Giovanni), Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict), and Schaunard in a new production of La bohème (for which he was awarded the Welsh Theatre Critics' Award). His future appearances include Cecil (Maria Stuarda) for WNO, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) for Grange Park Opera and opera highlights on tour with Scottish Opera
Earlier roles have included Germano (La Scala di Seta) for British Youth Opera; Dog and Innkeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Grange Park Opera; and L'Incognito (L'Assedio di Calais), Le Comte (Chérubin), Mr. Gedge (Albert Herring), and Arsenio (La Spinabla) for the Guildhall School Opera.
His concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s 'Elijah'; Mozart’s 'Requiem' and 'Mass in C Minor'; Haydn’s 'Die Jahreszeiten', 'Nelson Mass' and 'Paukenmesse'; Brahms’ 'Ein Deutsches Requiem'; Duruflé’s 'Requiem'; and Handel’s 'Messiah'. His recent concert appearances include a gala performance at the National Eisteddfod of Wales with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Wales Chorus, and a performance of ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ at the Barbican with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
A committed recitalist, he has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Sholto Kynoch, the Cowbridge Music Festival with Joseph Middleton, King's Place with Iain Burnside, the Ludlow English Song Weekend with Simon Lepper, the Chipping Campden Music Festival with Joel Harder, the Woodbridge Chamber Concert Series in Suffolk with Iain Burnside, and the Lower Machen Festival with Caradog Williams. Future recitals include St David's Hall, Cardiff; Beaumaris, Harrogate, Dore Abbey, Fishguard and Cowbridge.
Gary is the recipient of the WNO Chris Ball Bursary, the WNO Sir John Moores Award and the Elizabeth Parry Family Bursary, and is supported by the Joseph Strong Frazer Trust. He is a Samling Scholar and Studies with Robert Dean.
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