Gary Griffiths represented Wales at the finals of 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 Cecil (Maria Stuarda), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict), and Schaunard (La Bohème), for which he was awarded the Wales Theatre Critics’ Award for best Male Opera Singer 2013. He made his international debut as Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) for New Zealand Festival Opera in 2014. Earlier appearances include Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Germano (La Scala di Seta) for British Youth Opera and Dog and Innkeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Grange Park Opera; Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), L’Incognito (L’Assedio di Calais), Le Comte (Chérubin), Mr. Gedge (Albert Herring) Arsenio (La Spinalba) and Marquis de la Force (Dialogues des Carmelites) for the Guildhall School Opera.
He made his London Symphony Orchestra debut in 2013 under the baton of Valery Gergiev at the maestro’s 60th Birthday Gala concert at the Barbican Hall, singing ‘Trojan Soldier’ in Les Trojans (Berlioz). Other concert performances include Mozart Requiem with the Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera at St David’s Hall under Christoph Poppen, Belshazzar’s Feast at the Barbican Hall with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins and Handel’s Messiah with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Nicholas Kramer.
A committed recitalist, appearances include the Oxford Lieder Festival with Sholto Kynoch, the Wigmore Hall with Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau, King’s Place with Iain Burnside, Cowbridge Music Festival with Joseph Middleton, the Lower Machen Festival with Caradog Williams and the Ravinia Festival with Marcelo Ameral. His recordings include 2 collaborations on former Royal Harpist, Catrin Finch’s new album ‘Lullabies’ with Julian Lloyd Webber for Deutsche Grammophon. Television appearances include Noson Lawen (S4C) Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol (S4C) and the Shan Cothi Show (S4C). Radio appearances include a live broadcast on the ‘In Tune’ programme with Iain Burnside (BBC Radio 3).
Future plans include Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) for Grange Park Opera, Count Almaviva ( Le Nozze di Figaro) for Wiesbaden State Opera, The Executioner (Ines del Castro) for Scottish Opera and concerts with The Halle, BBC NOW and the Berliner Kantorei.