Winner of the Welsh Singers
Competition in 2012, Gary Griffiths was a finalist representing Wales in the
2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. He studied at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama where, in 2009, he won the prestigious Gold Medal Competition.
He was immediately engaged
by Welsh National Opera as an Associate Artist, making 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). He returns to the company this
season for Salano (The Merchant of Venice) and Marcello (La Bohème).
Having made a successful
role debut as the Count (Figaro) in Wiesbaden, he was invited back in 2016 for
Ford (Falstaff) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly). Other recent operatic
appearances include Maximillian (Candide) at the Maggio Musicale in Florence,
The Executioner (Ines de Castro) for Scottish Opera, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes)
for Grange Park Opera, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) for New Zealand Festival
Opera and Malatesta (Don Pasquale) for the Longborough Festival Opera. Earlier
roles have included Germano (La Scala di Seta) for British Youth Opera;
Dog/Innkeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Grange Park Opera; and L'Incognito
(L'Assedio di Calais), Le Comte (Chérubin), Mr. Gedge (Albert Herring),
Arsenio (La Spinabla) and Marquis de la Force (Les Dialogues des Carmelites) at
the Guildhall School Opera.
His recent concert
appearances include Berlioz Les Troyens with Valery Gergiev and the London
Symphony Orchestra, Grieg's Peer Gynt with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by
Nikolaj Znaider, Fauré Requiem with John Wilson and the RTE Concert Orchestra,
Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the Berliner Kantorei, Mozart's Requiem
with the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera and Christoph Poppen, a gala
performance at the National Eisteddfod of Wales with the Welsh Chamber
Orchestra, and Walton's 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, Chipping Campden Music, in
Harrogate, Dore Abbey and St. David’s Hall, Cardiff.
In recording, he also
appears on Catrin Finch’s Lullabies CD for Deutsche Grammophon and on his solo
album Début which was released last year.