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.
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 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).
Last season, he sang Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) for Grange Park Opera and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) for New Zealand 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 and opera highlights on tour with Scottish Opera.
Future engagements include Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) for Wiesbaden Opera and The Executioner (Ines de Castro) for Scottish Opera.
His recent concert appearances include Berlioz ‘Les Troyens’ with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Royal Festival Hall, Mozart’s Requiem with the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera conducted by Christoph Poppen, a gala performance at the National Eisteddfod of Wales with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra, and a performance of ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ at the Barbican with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins. 2014/15 includes Nielsen Symphony No. 3 with the Hallé and Nikolaj Znaider, The Dream of Gerontius with the Berliner Kantorei and Fauré Requiem with John Wilson and the RTE Concert Orchestra.
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.
Gary 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. He is a Samling Scholar and studies with Robert Dean. In recording, he appears on Catrin Finch’s Lullabies CD for Deutsche Grammophon.