B i o g r a p h y / Bywgraffiad

Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion has enjoyed international success in opera and recording and national success in broadcasting.

After two years on the Opera Course at The Guild Hall of Music and Drama in London, he joined the English National Opera Jerwood Young Singers Programme and was subsequently a Company Principal before becoming a freelance performer.

 

His roles include Rodolfo in La Boheme, Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly, Alfredo in La Traviata, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, Marcello in Leoncavallo’s La Boheme, Duke in Rigoletto, Tebaldo in Capuletti e Montecchi, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ernani, Sailor in Tristan und Isolde, Faust, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Froh in Das Rheingold, Zinovy in Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk and more.

Concert highlights include The Karl Jenkins 70th Birthday Celebrations Concert at The Carnegie Hall New York, a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Bryn Terfel, his BBC Prom debut at the opening night of the BBC Proms (televised on BBC 2), Desert Island Discs Anniversary Concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall, a live BBC recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Richard Hickox,  and Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall .

Rhys Meirion has an extensive catalogue of recording work, including a duet album with Bryn Terfel ('Benedictus on the SAIN label') which was nominated for a Classical Brit Award. He has also released two albums for the Australian label Stanza AV ('Bluebird of Happiness and Awesome Wonder'), and four solo CD recordings for the SAIN label, the most recent being Llefarodd yr Haul. He has also released two albums with The Three Welsh Tenors.


Rhys Meirion was a regular presenter on the television programme Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol for S4C and had his own radio show on Sunday mornings on BBC Radio Cymru. He has also performed on BBC's 
 Songs of Praise on numerous occasions. He had two hugely sucsessful series of "Deuawdau Rhys Meirion" (Rhys Meirion's Duets) on Welsh TV Channel S4C in 2016 and 2017 and is presenting a new series called "Dewch am Dro" on BBC Radio Cymru. He has been an adjudicator for the Bryn Terfel Scholarship as well as many competitions in the Urdd and National Eisteddfods.

Throughout 2017 and 2018 Rhys has been, and will be, very busy performing at an array of concerts nationally and internationally, and making numerous TV and Radio appearances.

His Charity work has included three 200 mile walks to support the Wales Air Ambulance for whom he is an Ambassador www.facebook.com/cerddwnymlaen.walkon and a Lap of Wales Challenge for Organ Donation Awarness and Elen's Fund www.facebook.com/cronfaelen'sfund 

His autobiography for Welsh Publishers Y Lolfa was published in November 2014 and became the No 1 Best selling book in Wales.

 

 

Mae'r Cymro o denor Rhys Meirion eisioes wedi profi llwyddiant rhyngwladol ym maes opera a recordio, a llwyddiant darlledu yng Nghymru.

 

Ar ol dwy flynedd ar Gwrs Opera y Guild Hall School of Music and Drama, fe ymunodd â Rhaglen Cantorion Ifanc Jerwood gyda Opera Cenedlaethol Lloegr a bu'n brif artist gyda'r cwmni yn dilyn hynny cyn mynd yn berfformiwr rhyddgyfrannol.

Mae ei rolau'n cynnwys Rodolfo yn La Boheme, Pinkerton yn Madam Butterfly, Alfredo yn La Traviata, Nemorino yn L’Elisir d’Amore, Nadir yn The Pearl Fishers, Marcello yn La Boheme gan Leoncavallo, Y Dug yn Rigoletto, Tebaldo yn Capuletti e Montecchi, Tamino yn The Magic Flute, y rôl deitl yn Ernani, Faust, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Y Morwr yn Tristan und Isolde, Rinuccio yn Gianni Schicchi, Canwr Eidalaidd yn Der Rosenkavalier, Froh yn Das Rheingold, Zinovy yn Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk ac eraill

 

Ymhlith ei uchafbwyntiau mewn cyngerddau, mae  Cyngerdd Dathliad Penblwydd Karl Jenkins yn 70 oed yn Neuadd Carnegie Efrog Newydd, Cyngerdd Gala yn Neuadd Frenhinol Albert gyda Bryn Terfel, ei berfformiad cyntaf yng nghyngherddau Proms y BBC, a hynny ar y noson agoriadol (a ddarlledwyd ar BBC 2), Cyngerdd Dathlu Desert Island Discs yn  The Royal Festival Hall Llundain, recordiad byw gan y BBC o 9fed Symffoni Beethoven dan arweiniad Richard Hickox, a Requiem Verdi yn Neuadd Frenhinol Albert .

 

Mae Rhys Meirion wedi gwneud llawer o waith recordio, gan gynnwys albwm gyda Bryn Terfel ('Benedictus ar label SAIN') a gafodd ei enwebu am Wobr Classical Brit. Mae hefyd wedi rhyddhau dau albwm ar label Stanza AV o Awstralia ('Bluebird of Happiness ac Awesome Wonder'), a phedwar CD fel unawdydd ar label SAIN, y diweddaraf o'u plith yw Llefarodd yr Haul. Mae hefyd wedi rhyddhau dwy albwm gyda Tri Tenor Cymru

 

Roedd Rhys Meirion yn un o gyflwynwyr rheolaidd rhaglen deledu 'Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol' S4C, ac wedi bod yn darlledu rhaglen gerddorol ar fore Sul ar BBC Radio Cymru. Mae hefyd wedi ymddangos nifer o weithiau ar Songs of Praise y BBC.

Cafodd lwyddiant gyda dau gyfres hynod boblogaidd o

"Deuawdau Rhys Meirion" ar S4C yn 2016 a 2017 ac hefyd  mae'n cyflwyno cyfres newydd ar BBC Radio Cymru o'r enw Dewch am Dro. 

Mae wedi beirniadu cystadleuaeth Ysgoloriaeth Bryn Terfel a nifer o gystadlaethau yn Eisteddfodau'r Urdd a'r Genedlaethol. Yn ystod 2016 a 2017 mae wedi bod, ac fe fydd, yn hynod o brysur yn canu mewn cyngherddau ar hyd a lled y wlad a thramor, ac yn ymddangos nifer o weithiau ar deledu a radio. Mae ei waith elusenol wedi cynnwys tair taith gerdded 200 milltir er bydd Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru  y mae'n ei deimlo'n anrhydedd bod yn Lysgenad iddynt. www.facebook.com/cerddwnymlaen.walkon a Her Cylchdaith Cymru er bydd Rhoi Organau yng Nghymru a Chronfa Elen www.facebook.com/cronfaelan

Fe gafodd ei hunangofiant ar gyfer y cyhoeddwyr Y Lolfa ei gyhoeddi yn Nhachwedd 2014 ac fe aeth i frig gwerthiant Llyfrau yng Nghymru.

Reviews / Adolygiadau
 

Karl Jenkins

I announce with great pleasure that the eminent Welsh tenor, Rhys Meirion, will sing the main role (King Edward) in the USA premiere of my work, The Bards of Wales,  at Carnegie Hall on January 20th, 2014. We are fortunate in having such an outstanding soloist join us.

 

DCINY: The Music of Karl Jenkins 70th Birthday Celebration

by Jeffrey Williams

New York Concert Review

Rhys Meirion sang and acted his role with gusto in a performance that bespoke the haughty arrogance of Edward, his vanity, cruelty, and in the end, his tormen!t. He definitely has charisma in spades

 

Opera-Opera
Rodolfo in La Boheme for West Australian Opera Rhys Meirion gave a delightful display of lyrical singing. His vocal acting was aided by a silvery quality which charmed the ear.

 

Metro
Rodolfo in La Boheme for English National Opera Rhys Meirion is simply outstanding, and sings with a delicate sense of phrasing and a gloriously open-throated sound.

 

MusicOMH.com
Alfredo in La Traviata for English National Opera Rhys Meirion only made his opera debut in 1999 (at Glyndebourne) but is rapidly growing in stature. He has a wonderfully warm, rich tenor, perfectly suited to Verdi.

 

The Times
Nemorino in The Elixir of Love for English National opera Rhys Meirion has an engaging, clear tone, sings the words, and brought a sweet vulnerability to the role.

 

Opera News
Marcello in Leoncavallo’s La Boheme for English National Opera ENO provided convincingly Italianate singing in the main roles. Rhys Meirion projected a wide range of high powered emotion into the auditorium as the painter.

 

The Times
Soloist in Verdi Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, London Tenor Rhys Meirion brought a rapt quality to his quietest supplications in the Ingemisco and Hostias et preces.

 

Opera
Fenton in Falstaff for Welsh National Opera Rhys Meirion’s Fenton was ardently lyrical.

 

musicweb-international.com

Rhys Meirion’s lyrical tenor brought a silvery grace to his work throughout, and an operatic phrasing by no means inappropriate here. ‘O Man of God’ was particularly striking, eloquently persuasive in a fashion both dignified and warm.

 

Seen and Heard International - Mendelssohn Elijah

Rhys Meirion’s lyrical tenor brought a silvery grace to his work throughout, and an operatic phrasing by no means inappropriate here. ‘O Man of God’ was particularly striking, eloquently persuasive in a fashion both dignified and warm

 

Operatic roles /  Rhannau Operatic

 

 

Rodolfo in La Boheme

 

 

   English National Opera

Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly

   English National Opera

Alfredo in La Traviata

   English National Opera

Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore

   English National Opera

Nadir in The Pearl Fishers

   English National Opera

Marcello in Leoncavallo’s La Boheme

   English National Opera

Duke in Rigoletto

   English National Opera

Tebaldo in Capuletti e Montecchi

   English National Opera

Tamino in The Magic Flute

   English National Opera

The Title Role in Ernani

   English National Opera

Sailor in Tristan und Isolde

   English National Opera

Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi

   English National Opera

ItalianTenor in Der Rosenkavalier

   English National Opera

Froh in Das Rheingold

   English National Opera

Zinovy in Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk

   English National Opera

Rodolfo in La Boheme

   Western Australian Opera

Rodolfo in La Boheme

Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni                 

   Städtische Bühnen, Frankfurt-am-Main

   Opera Project

The Title Role in Gounod’s Faust

   Hong Kong Opera

Rodolfo in La Boheme

   Opera Australia, Sydney

Lorenzo in Fra Diavolo

   Stanley Hall Opera

Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly

   The Lithuanian National Opera

Fenton in Falstaff

   Welsh National Opera

Zorn in Der Meistersinger

   Welsh National Opera

Here's a link to a Daily Post Article about Rhys Meirion's Organ Donation Awareness appeal

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/singer-rhys-meirion-spreads-word-9524742

Rhys Meirion has performed in concert at /
Mae Rhys Meirion wedi perfformio mewn cyngherddau yn

 

The Albert Hall London

The Millennium Centre Cardiff

The Royal Festival Hall London

The Venue Llandudno

The Queen Elisabeth Hall London

The Rhyl Pavilion

The Birmingham Symphony Hall

The Galeri Caernarfon

The Bridgewater Hall Manchester

 The Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth

The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The CIA Arena Cardiff

The Brangwyn Hall Swansea

The Novello Theatre London

The Grand Theatre Swansea

St David's Hall Cardiff  

The Carnegie Hall New York     

Birmingham Town Hall

The Coliseum London

The Liszt Accademy Budapest

 

 

 

 

International Performances in / Perfformiadau Rhyngwladol yn

Patagonia           

   Buenos Aires

   San Fransisco

Barbados

   Perth Australia    

   Toronto

Sydney

   Ottawa

   Melbourne

Florida

Lithuania

   Germany

   New York

   Hong Kong

   Paris

Budapest       

Here's a link to a Karen Price Article in The Western Mail about Rhys Meirion's Carnegie Hall debut

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/welsh-tenor-rhys-meirion-prepares-6521716

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