Baritone

Gary Griffiths

Introduction

Gary Griffiths was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he won the prestigious Gold Medal award. At the Welsh National Opera he made a critically acclaimed debut in 2011 as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte). His other roles with the company include Cecil (Maria Stuarda), 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). Recent highlights include Berlioz Les Troyens with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera and Christoph Poppen, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) for Garsington Opera, Maximillian (Candide) at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Executioner (Inês de Castro) for Scottish Opera, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) in New Zealand, also Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro), Ford (Falstaff) and Sharpless (Madame Butterfly) at Wiesbaden Opera.


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Performance Schedule

 
  • 19:00 23 Nov 2018 Frankfurt Opera, FRANKFURT More info  

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Oedipus Rex

    Robert/Kreon: Gary Griffiths
    Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
    Iolanta: Asmik Grigorian
    King René: Robert Pomakov
    Count Vaudemont: Aj glueckert
    Ibn-Hakia/Teiresias: Andreas Bauer
    Martha: Judita Nagyová
    Brigitta: Kateryna Kasper
    Laura: Nina Tarandek
    Bertrand: Magnús baldvinsson
    Almeric/Shepherd: Matthew Swensen
    Ödipus: Peter Marsh
    Jokaste: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
    Messenger: Brandon Cedel

  • 19:00 25 Nov 2018 Frankfurt Opera, FRANKFURT More info  

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Oedipus Rex

    Robert/Kreon: Gary Griffiths
    Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
    Iolanta: Asmik Grigorian
    King René: Robert Pomakov
    Count Vaudemont: Aj glueckert
    Ibn-Hakia/Teiresias: Andreas Bauer
    Martha: Judita Nagyová
    Brigitta: Kateryna Kasper
    Laura: Nina Tarandek
    Bertrand: Magnús baldvinsson
    Almeric/Shepherd: Matthew Swensen
    Ödipus: Peter Marsh
    Jokaste: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
    Messenger: Brandon Cedel

  • 19:00 01 Dec 2018 Frankfurt Opera, FRANKFURT More info  

    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta
    IGOR STRAVINSKY Oedipus Rex

    Robert/Kreon: Gary Griffiths
    Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
    Iolanta: Asmik Grigorian
    King René: Robert Pomakov
    Count Vaudemont: Aj glueckert
    Ibn-Hakia/Teiresias: Andreas Bauer
    Martha: Judita Nagyová
    Brigitta: Kateryna Kasper
    Laura: Nina Tarandek
    Bertrand: Magnús baldvinsson
    Almeric/Shepherd: Matthew Swensen
    Ödipus: Peter Marsh
    Jokaste: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
    Messenger: Brandon Cedel

  • 19:30 28 Dec 2018 Barbican Centre, city TBC More info  

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125

    Soprano: Madeleine Pierard
    Mezzo Soprano: Kathryn Rudge
    Tenor: Stuart Jackson
    Baritone: Gary Griffiths
    Piano: Danny Driver

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    23 Jun 18 Gounod Roméo et Juliette
    Grange Park Opera

    “Gary Griffiths’ muscular baritone made for a forceful Mercutio”

    John Johnston, Bachtrack, 28 June 2018

    “Gary Griffiths’ swaggering Mercutio is brilliantly effective in the well-choreographed fight-scene and in his Act One scena.”

    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 26 June 2018

    “Gary Griffiths donne un Mercutio habile et coloré”
    “Gary Griffiths gave a deft and colourful Mercutio”

    Hervé König, Anaclase, 26 June 2018

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    16 Dec 17 Handel Messiah
    Gabrieli Consort & Paul McCreesh

    “…baríton Gary Griffiths, amb una veu enlluernadora, van fer unes interpretacions elogiables.”

    “…baritone Gary Griffiths, with a dazzling voice made some praiseworthy interpretations.”

    Sonograma Magazine, 18 December 2017

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    11 Nov 17 Brahms A German Requiem
    Albert Hall, Nottingham

    “The soloists (soprano April Fredrick and baritone Gary Griffiths) were of like mind, blending power and gravitas with stylistic finesse and a sense of drama.”
    William Ruff, Nottingham Evening Post, 13 November 2017

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    27 May 17 Chausson Le Roi Arthus (Final Scene)
    Teatro di San Carlo, concert with Eduard Zilberkant and Cecilia Laca

    “…Impecabile il Bariotlo Gallese Gary Griffiths che impression per la scavo che riesce a compiere sulla parola cantata…”

    “… the Welsh baritone Gary Griffiths was excellent. His diction was always precise, meaningful, and accurate…”

    Teresa Mori, Roma, 29 May 2017

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    28 Jan 17 Puccini La bohème
    Welsh National Opera

    “Gary Griffiths, in the role of Rodolpho’s painter friend Marcello, has great stage presence and a fine baritone, heard to advantage in his solo arias and in duets with Musetta, sung by Lauren Fagan.”
    Barbara Michaels, The Reviews Hub, 29 January 2017 

    “Gary Griffiths’ Marcello found his own fine balance between comedy and lovestruck youth before proving himself a man of greater substance in supporting the stricken Rodolfo at Mimì’s death.”
    Rohan Shotton, Bachtrack, 30 January 2017 

    “…Gary Griffiths giving Marcello a wonderfully warm tone. His charisma, musicality and beautiful phrasing were highlights of the performance.”
    Mark Ronan, 29 January 2017 

    “Prominent elsewhere in an otherwise strong cast are Gary Griffiths and Lauren Fagan as Marcello and Musetta. So good are they, indeed, that this secondary pair of lovers came perilously close to snaffling the limelight from the tragic leads.”
    Mark Valencia, What’s on Stage, 16 February 2017 

    “…the passionate Marcello, Gary Griffiths, and the fiery Musetta (“This rush of desire fills me with pleasure!”) played by the effervescent Laura Fagan, turned in firecracker performances as jealous lover and temptress. Griffiths’ warm baritone was a delight all evening…”
    ★★★★★ Simon Bishop, Stage Talk Magazine, 30 March 2017

    “Gary Griffiths was a confident and round-toned Marcello…”
    Rian Evans, Opera, April 2017

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    30 Jul 16 Mahler Symphony No. 8
    Gloucester Cathedral

    “The Welsh singer, Gary Griffiths (a baritone, though here advertised as a bass) impressed me in his Pater ecstaticus solo. His voice was firmly and evenly produced and the top register sounded in excellent order. When I hear a good singer in this role I always regret that Mahler made the solo so brief: tonight was such a case.”
    John Quinn, Seen and Heard International, 31 July 2016 

    “Gary Griffiths’ Pater Ecstaticus was utterly sublime, wedded perfectly to the orchestra’s sympathetic undulations.”
    Simon Cummings, Bachtrack, 31 July 2016 

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    12 Mar 16 Orff Carmina Burana
    Petersfield Musical Festival

    “The baritone, Gary Griffiths, has a warm, rich voice which he uses intelligently and musically. He soared into the stratosphere effortlessly at times.”
    Ann Pinhey, Petersfield Post, 12 March 2016

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    04 Mar 16 Puccini La bohème
    New Zealand Festival Opera

    “Gary Griffiths portrayed a fine, distinctive Marcello”
    Hawkes Bay Today, 4 March 2016

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    03 Jul 15 Donizetti Don Pasquale
    Longborough Festival Opera

    “Dr Malatesta, played by the good-looking Gary Griffiths” … “a terrific job on his patient Pasquale – especially in their brilliant comic duet in Act 3.”
    Roger Jones, Seen and Heard International, 5 July 2015 

    “Welsh baritone Gary Griffiths did a sterling job as Dr Malatesta. The deviousness of his character’s role suited his equally strong, but slightly softer, voice. He correctly judged and portrayed the meddlesome doctor as a good-hearted mischief-maker rather than a pantomime baddy, which worked well in conveying the conviviality of the opera.”
    Robert Gainer, Bachtrack, 5 July 2015 

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    11 Feb 15 Grieg & Nielsen 11th February 2015
    The Hallé Orchestra

    “‘poignantly and atmospherically sung by soprano Katherine Watson and baritone Gary Griffiths’…’Gary Griffiths appeared above the orchestra in the choir stalls to sing wordlessly and hauntingly.'”
    Nottingham Post, 12 February 2015 

    “Baritone Gary Griffiths sang the eponymous hero’s Act 4 Serenade with an apt blend of charm and bluff heartiness”
    Mike Wheeler, Music and Vision, 21 February 2015 

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    30 May 14 Britten Peter Grimes
    Grange Park Opera

    “He’s matched by Gary Griffiths – a Ned Keene with a twinkle in his eye as well as a pill in his pocket.”
    Alexandra Coghian, The Arts Desk, 31 May 2014 

    “Gary Griffiths delivered the humour well as Ned Keene.”
    ★★★★ Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 31 May 2014 
    “Gary Griffiths was an alarmingly predatory, powerfully sung Ned Keene.”
    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 31 May 2014 

    “Bob Boles impressed as did Gary Griffiths, a young baritone with a wonderful voice.”
    George Smart, Harper’s Bazaar, 2 June 2014  

    “Gary Griffiths shines as a cheery Ned Keene.”
    Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 2 June 2014 
    “…the admirably affable Ned Keen played by Gary Griffiths, who was all mad hatter’s hair and lothario’s swagger.”
    Emma Sleight, Huffington Post, 6 June 2014 

    “There are some good performances, notably Stephen Gadds commanding Balstrode and Gary Griffiths’ swaggering, drug dealing, apothecary, Ned Keene.”
    David Mellor, The Daily Mail, 11 June 2014

    “A glorious representation of apothecary Ned Keene by Gary Griffiths.”
    Mark Ronan, 16 June 2014 

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    18 Feb 14 Mozart Le nozze di Figaro
    Festival Opera, New Zealand

    “[Gary Griffiths] with a fine baritone voice he was as good a bumbling object of Susanna’s irritation in the first scene as later, the sharp-witted scherner devising ways to thwart the Count.”
    Lindis Taylor, Classical C, February 18 2014 

Repertoire

ALMEIDA: La Spinalba (Arsenio)

BERLIOZ: Béatrice et Bénédict (Claudio)

BERNSTEIN: Candide (Maximillian)

BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem

BRITTEN: Albert Herring (Mr Gedge)

BRITTEN: Peter Grimes (Ned Keane)

DONIZETTI: Don Pasquale (Malatesta)

DONIZETTI: L’elisir d’amore (Belcore)

DONIZETTI: Maria Stuarda (Cecil)

DURUFLÉ: Requiem

DYSON: The Canterbury Pilgrims

FAURÉ: Requiem

HANDEL: Messiah

HAYDN: Die Jahreszeiten

HAYDN: Nelson Mass

JANACEK: The Cunning Little Vixen (Dog / Innkeeper)

KARL JENKINS: The Armed Man

MACMILLAN: Ines de Castro (Executioner)

MASSENET: Cherubin (Le Comte)

MENDELSSOHN: Elijah

MOZART: Mass in C Minor

MOZART: Requiem

MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro (Il Conte)

MOZART: Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)

MOZART: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)

MOZART: Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)

MOZART: La Finta Giardiniera (Nardo)

CARL NIELSON: Springtime on Fyn

POULENC: Dialogues des Carmélites (Marquis de la Force)

PUCCINI: La bohème (Schaunard, Marcello)

PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)

ROSSINI: La Scala di Seta (Germano)

A TCHAIKOVSKY: The Merchant of Venice (Solanio)

TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin (Onegin)

VERDI: Falstaff (Ford)

WALTON: Belshazzar’s Feast