Gary Griffiths was born in Carmarthen, South Wales in 1983. He is currently studying on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was the 2009 winner of the coveted Gold Medal. He initially trained as an actor at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and then went on to study singing at the Guildhall where he gained a BMus with First Class Honours. He studies with Susan McCulloch.
Accolades include MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year, the Lampeter Eisteddfod Blue Ribbon and the Dove Memorial Prize at GSMD. He is this year’s recipient of the Ian Fleming Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and his studies are also supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. He was recently selected as a ‘Rising Star’ in BBC Music Magazine and was described by Opera Now as ‘Another potentially world-class Welsh talent’.
Operatic roles include Belcore L’elisir d’amore in Tuscany and Germano La scala di seta for British Youth Opera, Ford Falstaff at the Royal Albert Hall (excerpts), The Dog and The Innkeeper The Cunning Little Vixen for Grange Park Opera, Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Eugene Onegin, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Dr Malatesta Don Pasquale, Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles and Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte for GSMD opera scenes. Gary has performed in recital at many of the UK’s major concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Sage, Gateshead. Most recently his performances include a Schubert lieder recital at Kings Place with Iain Burnside, the Ludlow English Song Weekend with Simon Lepper and Duruflé Requiem with the Orchestra of Johns. Gary is proud to be a Samling Scholar.
In 2007 he attended the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, USA and made his BBC Radio 3 debut, performing on In Tune with Iain Burnside. His extensive oratorio repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, Haydn’s The Seasons, Nelson Mass and Paukenmesse, Brahms Requiem, Fauré Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.
Future plans include Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall with Brian Kay, recitals at The Crush Room/Royal Opera House and at the Wigmore Hall with Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau for the Samling Foundation and an English Song Recital with Iain Burnside at the Woodbridge Chamber Concert Series in Suffolk.
Find out more about Gary at http://www.garygriffiths.net/