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 Solanio (The Merchant of Venice, UK Premiere), 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 recently sang Ford (Falstaff) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) for the Wiesbaden State Opera, Marcello (La Bohème) for New Zealand Festival Opera, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) for Wiesbaden State 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 Welsh National Opera to sing Marcello (La Boheme), which also travels to the new Dubai Opera House. In summer 2017 he will make his Royal Opera House debut singing the role of Solanio in the WNO production of The Merchant of Venice.
Concert appearances include Berlioz ‘Les Troyens’ with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No.8 with the Philharmonia at Gloucester Cathedral as part of the 3 Choirs Festival, 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, Holst’s ‘At the Boar’s Head’ and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Riders to the Sea’ with the Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta conducted by Lukasz Borowic at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the British Sinfonietta at St David’s Cathedral and at the Brangwyn Hall, 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 Handel’s Messiah at the Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest, Romania and Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A committed recitalist, appearances include 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 and the Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau.
In recording, he appears on Catrin Finch’s Lullabies CD for Deutsche Grammophon alongside Julian Lloyd Webber, a double album of Holst’s ‘At the Boars Head’ and Vaughan Williams ‘Riders to the Sea’ with the Warsaw Chamber Opera Sinfonietta for the Dux record label, which has been nominated for Best Opera Album at the 2017 International Classical Music Awards. And soon to be released, is a recording of Mendelssohn Songs with Malcolm Martineau for Champs Hills Records.
UPDATED DECEMBER 2016.