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Mari Wyn Williams

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Welsh

Opera

Helmwige
Die Walkure (Wagner)
Grange Park Opera
2017
Tosca (English)
Tosca (Puccini)
Opera Project
2017
Aida
Towards another world, A new work inspired by Aida (Verdi / Hannah Conway)
ENO for Victoria and Albert Museum
2017
Elettra
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Garsington Opera
2016
Brunnhilde / Woglinde
The Rinse Cycle (Wagner)
Unexpected Opera
2016
Lady Macbeth
Macbeth (Verdi)
Opera South East
2016
Elettra
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Red Earth Opera
2015
Leonora
Il trovatore (Verdi)
Opera South East
2015
Giorgetta
Il tabarro (Puccini)
Fulham Opera
2015
Nella
Gianni Schicci (Puccini)
Fulham Opera
2015
Lady Macbeth
Macbeth (Verdi)
Somerset Opera
2014
Daphne
Daphne (Strauss, R)
Opera at Home
2014
La Contessa
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Les Azurites Young Artist Programme
2014
Elisabetta
Don Carlos (Verdi)
Oprera Classica Europa
2013

Chorus

Alvarez Young Artist
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Garsington Opera
2016
Alvarez Young Artist
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Garsington Opera
2016
Chorus
Tosca (Puccini)
Welsh National Opera
2015

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The Carole Rees Scholarship, The Mastersingers, London (2017)

Competitions

Elizabeth Connell Prize - Finalist (2016)

London Wagner Society President's prize (2016)

Francisco Vinas Semi Finalist (2015)

Elizabeth Connell Prize Semi Finalist (2014)

Stuart Burrows Competition - Finalist (2014)

Wagner Foundation of Leipzig Finalist (2014)

Montserrat Caballe Competition - Third Place (2013)

Voice of the Future Competition, Llangollen - 2nd Place (2012)

Towyn Roberts Competition, Eisteddfod Maldwyn a'r Gororau - 1st Place (2003)

“Hilda” gets the winsome Welsh wench treatment from Mari Wyn Williams, who doubles a Rhinemaiden alongside a nicely-sung Brünnhilde, her performance full of warm detailing and engaging energy, often the heart of this production Charlotte Valori, Operosissima (2016)

for the most part the performances of Wagner’s arias – sung in English, in a translation by Andrew Porter – are played with absolute seriousness. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Mari Wyn Williams’ Hilda, whose interpretation of Brünnhilde is suffused with confidence, delicacy and love. Scott Matthewman, The Reviews Hub (2016)

His ability to move effortlessly between comedy and drama is matched by Mari Wyn Williams, who sings heartily and also skilfully balances the burden of conflicting loyalties to Wotan and Siegmund with the banter back at the café. Edward Bhesania - The Stage (2016)

I saw a very creditable Brunhilde from Mari Wyn Williams Howard Loxton, Brittish theatre Guide (2016)

Mari Wyn Williams as Hilda/ Brunhilda carries the load of much of the narration with charm and a lovely lyrical north Welsh accent, and she sings with real Wagnerian flair.I realised what a fine achievement this show is when I found myself in tears during the great duet from the end of Valkyrie as Wotan bids farewell to his beloved daughter, Brunhilda. Thorpe and Williams sing this sublime duet with real power and passion Owen Davies. Plays to see (2016)

Mari Wyn Williams is at all times an engaging and surprisingly vulnerable Brunnhilde Marian Kennedy, London Theatre 1 (2016)

Mari Wyn Williams, a sparky young Brunnhilde, carried her sweeping lines on warm, vibrant tone. Yehudi Shapiro, Opera Magazine April 2016 (2016)

Mari Wyn Williams, singing Brünnhilde, Woglinde and Helmwige, was outstanding. Her Immolation Scene in particular, surely bodes well for the future. - The Wagner Journal (2016)

Mari Wyn Williams, who keeps the audience engaged and entertained with her bright first-level character Hilda, sings the part of Valkyrie Brünnhilde with energy and emotion Andrea White, Bargain Theatre Land (2016)

Of my cast Mari Wyn Williams showed off some pearly high notes. Neil Fisher, The Times (2016)

Mari Wyn Williams as Giorgetta gives her husband nothing – not a drop of affection, but throws herself at Luigi who is performed fiercely by clear-voiced tenor, Roberto Abate. Together they ignite a fiery passion. http://www.fringeopera.com/reviews/review-gianni-schicchi-il-tabarro-fulham-opera/ (2015)

Sizzling on-stage chemistry between Abate and Wyn Williams ensures all the love scenes are on fire; the constant contrast between Giorgetta’s passion for Luigi, and her coldness towards Michele, comes across with great pathos. Mari Wyn Williams is an affecting Giorgetta, who finds that “It’s so difficult to be happy;” as her unresolved grief eats away at her, Wyn Williams conveys a woman whose life and emotions are in freefall. Abate and Wyn Williams also make an attractive pairing as the hippy couple Gherardo and Nella Donati in Gianni Schicchi. - Operissima (2015)

Mari Wyn Williams was brilliantly cast as Lady Macbeth, Her powerful bright voice could cut steel on a cold day, and she left us in no doubt as to who was in charge whenever she was on stage' - Wayne Bennett (2014)

Mari Wyn Williams showed huge amplitude sound and outstanding vocal talents to dramatic roles - Luis Alsonso Bes Heraldo de Aragon, Zaragoza (2013)

Llanberis' Mari Win Williams, who sang at the closing concert at the National Eisteddfod singing a new work by Robart Arwyn alongside Bryn Terfel, excelled'. - David Powell, Daily Post (2012)

Mari Wyn Williams already dramatically engaging and vocally positive Wagnerian technique - Mike Smith, Wales Online (2011)

Alvarez Young Artist
Garsington Opera
2016
Lez Azuriales Young Artist
Le Azuriales
2014
MA Opera Course
Wales International Academy of Voice
2011–2012
PGDip
Royal else College of Music and Drama
2003–2005
BMus
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2000–2003

Hailing from Llanberis North Wales and residing in Cardiff, Mari Wyn Williams completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Vocal Studies whilst attending the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Shortly after this Mari accepted a position with Radio Cymru within the BBC as a production assistant, whilst continuing to master vocal technique under the tuition of Gail Pearson. Mari continued her studies in 2011-2012 completing a Masters Degree at the Welsh International Academy of Voice, achieving distinction, under the tuition of Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile. Mari performed at the Llangollen Pavilion alongside Gwyn Hughes Jones for the 1000’s of Christmas voices concert which was broadcast on the Welsh television channel S4C in December 2012. Television appearances include singing at the closing concert of the National Eisteddfod alongside Bryn Terfel. Mari has been invited to perform at venues worldwide including Strauss’ 4 Last Songs at Westminster Abbey, the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the British embassy in Paris and an opera gala in Hong Kong. Mari also performed at the Wales Millennium Centre alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dennis O'Neill. In September 2013 Mari won third place at the Montserrat Caballe Competition in Zaragoza. Other competitions successes include finalist at the London Wagner competition and finalist at the Elizabeth Connell competition in Sydney. Mari is a regular performer with Opera Prelude, where she takes part in lectures on various musical subjects. Opera Roles include Lady Macbeth from Verdi’s Macbeth, Nella, Gianni Schicchi, Giorgetta Il Tabarro, Leonora, Il Trovatore, and Brünnhilde for Unexpected Opera’s The Rinse Cycle. In 2016 Mari was one of the Alvarez Young Artists at Garsington Opera and Covered the Role of Elettra from Idomeneo. Other engagements include Helmwige from Die Walküre for Grange Park Opera, The title role in Tosca for Opera project at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, and Woglinde from Götterdämmerung for The Mastersingers. In November 2017 Mari performed the Role of Aida in Hannah Conway's new work 'Towards Another World' that premiered at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the ENO Baylis community project. Mari is also the recipient of The Mastersingers' Carole Rees Scholarship 2018.

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