Welsh baritone Gary Griffiths studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was the 2009 winner of the coveted Gold Medal Competition.
Gary is an Associate Artist with Welsh National Opera where he debuted to critical acclaim in 2011 as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). His roles with the company have included Masetto (Don Giovanni), Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict), and Schaunard in a new production of La bohème. This season he returns to the role of Guglielmo in a revival of Così fan tutte and appears in concert with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera conducted by Christoph Poppen in a performance of Mozart's 'Requiem'.
Other recent appearances 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 Mendelsson’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.
His recital appearances include the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Cowbridge Music Festival, King’s Place, the Ludlow English Song Weekend, the Chipping Campden Music Festival, and the Lower Machen Festival.
A Samling Scholar, he studies with Robert Dean. He 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.
Winner of the Welsh Singers Competition in 2012, he will represent Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2013.
For an up-to-date biography, please contact Gavin Bates