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 Wales Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Male Opera Singer). He returns to the company next season.
He recently sang Marcello (La Bohème) for New Zealand Festival Opera, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) for Wiesbaden Opera, 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.
Operatic engagements this season include a return to the Wiesbaden State Opera for Ford (Falstaff) and in the 2016/17 season he will return to the Welsh National Opera to sing the role of Solanio in the UK premiere of Andre Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and will also sing Marcello (La Bohème) in the highly acclaimed Annabel Arden production.
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.
Concert engagements this season include Holst’s At the Boar’s Head and Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea with the Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta conducted by ?ukasz Borowic at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the British Sinfonietta at St David’s Cathedral and a joint operatic evening with Lesley Garrett and the British Sinfonietta.
A committed recitalist, he has recently appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Joan Rodgers and Sholto Kynoch in a recital of Russian Song, 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 appears on Catrin Finch’s Lullabies CD for Deutsche Grammophon and on his solo album ‘Début’ which was released earlier this year on the Welsh label SAIN. Soon to be released, is a recording of Mendelssohn Songs with Malcolm Martineau for Champs Hills Records and a recording of Holst’s ‘At the Boars Head’ with the Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta.