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Rhiannon Llewellyn

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German, French

Opera

Musetta​
La Bohème (Puccini)
Iford
2017
Countess
La Scuola de' Gelosi (Salieri)
Bampton Opera
2017
Frantik
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Glyndebourne
2016
First Bridesmaid
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Glyndebourne
2016
Dalinda
Ariodante (Handel)
Scottish Opera
2016
Anna
Intermezzo (Strauss, R)
Garsington Opera
2015
Lace Seller/English lady
Death in Venice (Britten)
Garsington Opera
2015
Mauxalinda
The Dragon of Wantley (Lampe)
London Handel Festival
2015
Cesare
Catone in Utica (Vivaldi)
Dartington
2015
Anne Trulove
The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)
Royal Academy Opera
2015
Nella
Gianni Schicci (Puccini)
Royal Academy Opera
2014
Armida
Rinaldo (Handel)
Longborough Festival Opera
2014
Dalinda
Ariodante (Handel)
Royal Academy Opera
2014
Sandman
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Garsington Opera
2013
Aristea
Heart in a Box (Hannah Conway, Vivaldi)
Garsington Opera Education
2012
Gala
The Shadow of the Wave (Tom Floyd)
Tête-à-Tête
2012
Erste Dame
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Royal Academy Opera
2012
Yara
The Moonflower (Mario Ferraro)
Tête-à-Tête
2011
Nightingale
The Nightingale and the Rose (Tom Floyd)
Gloucester Cathedral
2011
Contessa Almaviva
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal Academy Opera
2011
Polly Peachum
The Beggar's Opera (Britten)
Longborough Festival Opera Young Artists
2010
First Lady
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Opera'r Ddraig
2010
Suor infermiera
Suor Angelica (Puccini)
RWCMD
2009
Fire
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel)
RWCMD
2009
Queen of Hearts
Alice in Wonderland (Mervyn Burtch)
RWCMD
2009
Woman
Perception. A one woman opera. (Chris Petrie)
The Gate Arts Centre
2009

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Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award (2014)

RAM Blodwen Cosslet Leyshon Prize for outstanding work and achievement (2014)

Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award (2014)

Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award (2013)

Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award (2013)

Gemma Sharpe Award for student who has contributed most to the life and reputation of the college (2011)

Competitions

Second Prize - London Welsh Young Singer Competition (2016)

First Prize - National Patricia Routledge English Song Competition (2015)

First Prize - John Kerr Award for Early English Song (2014)

First Prize - The Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition (2014)

First Prize - The MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition (2014)

Second Prize - Sir Anthony Lewis Competition (2014)

Finalist - Les Azuriales Competition (2013)

First Prize - Maggie Teyte Competition and Royal Opera House Crush Room Recital (2013)

First Prize - Two Moors Festival Young Musician's Platform (2006)

"...Anne was sung, with radiant intensity, by Rhiannon Llewellyn..." MICHAEL TANNER, THE SPECTATOR (2015)

"Rhiannon Llewellyn as Anne Trulove brought a lovely tenderness to the role that peaked in the Act III lullaby. She possesses a warm tone quality and the voice really shone when she let it go... she is certainly an artist to follow." BACHTRACK (2015)

"Rhiannon Llewellyn had all you could want – clear, accurate high notes especially – as a tender but spirited Anne Trulove." FIONA MADDOCKS, THE OBSERVER (2015)

"Rhiannon Llewellyn’s Anne combined grace and beauty to a properly euphonious degree; her first act aria was very fine indeed." SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL (2015)

"Again, the ensemble performance was terrific, but particularly memorable were the silky diction of Rhiannon Llewellyn as Nella, and the imposing sounds made by Tristan Hambleton as Simone and the two Bettos, Božidar Smiljanić and Alistair Ollerenshaw." OPERA MAGAZINE (2014)

'"As Armida, demon sorceress and secret weapon of Rinaldo's opponent, the tiger-taming King Argante (soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn) is vocally nuanced while appearing brazenly sexy." RIAN EVANS, THE GUARDIAN (2014)

"Musically and dramatically this production was tremendously satisfying, and such was the standard it was difficult to tell the newcomers and more experienced singers apart... haughty Rhiannon Llewellyn frightened the life out of me as the domineering and threatening Armida." SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL (2014)

"Rhiannon Llewellyn as Dalinda (Ginevra’s lady-in waiting) was the most consistently satisfying role in terms of musical projection and interpretation, by no means becoming a mere foil for her mistress." CLASSICAL SOURCE (2014)

"Rhiannon Llewellyn gives a subtle, delightfully sung performance as the easily swayed Dalinda." RICHARD MORRISON, THE TIMES (2014)

"Rhiannon Llewellyn was excellently cast as the sorceress Armida, with bold dramatic choices in her acting which portrayed the fiery, passionate and capricious nature of her character, as well as performing some terrific singing. She had an easy agility for the runs and a wonderful control to her voice, able to diminuendo to pianissimo with expression, which was well demonstrated in the second half of Act II." EARLY MUSIC REVIEW (2014)

"Rhiannon Llewellyn's Dalinda was at once sensual and maternal, and wonderfully animated throughout. Polished and mature, she acted with sophisticated emotion and engaged the audience from the start with her beguiling soprano." BACHTRACK (2014)

"The cast was stunning. There was real maturity in these young voiceS, with strength and control and astonishing technique all round... Rhiannon Llewellyn sang Dalinda with art." ROBERT THICKNESSE, OPERA NOW (2014)

"...Fuchs depiction of the Sandman at the end of act two (finely sung by Rhiannon Llewellyn) had been genuinely creepy and avoided the cutesy... Both Rhiannon Llewellyn, as the Sandman, and Ruth Jenkins as the Dew Fairy, contributed beautifully poised accounts of their arias." OPERA TODAY (2013)

"...Rhiannon Llewellyn is even younger, being still on the post-graduate programme at the Royal Academy, but she sings the important cameo role of the Sandman with great confidence and clarity." DAVID MELLOR, THE MAIL ON SUNDAY (2013)

"Both delivering their cameo appearances with perfect neatness, Rhiannon Llewellyn's Sandman – with an eerie suggestion of Nosferatu in her makeup and costuming – and Ruth Jenkin's Dew Fairy, more saccharine in her appearance – complete a strong cast." THE GUARDIAN (2013)

"The Sandman (Rhiannon Llewellyn) and Dew Fairy (Ruth Jenkins) were both beautifully sung and suitably magical." CLASSICAL SOURCE (2013)

"Two operatic newcomers impress in smaller roles: Rhiannon Llewellyn, currently at the Royal Academy of Music, is a Nosferatu-like Sandman, and Ruth Jenkins a perk Dew Fairy in tartan tutu." SUNDAY EXPRESS (2013)

Advanced Diploma in Opera
Royal Academy of Music
2013–2015
MA - Vocal and Opera Studies
Royal Academy of Music
2011–2013
Bmus (hons) - Vocal Studies
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2007–2011

Winner of the 2013 Maggie Teyte Competition at the Royal Opera House, 2013 Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award for Most Promising Young Artist, 2014 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer Competition, 2014 Dunraven Young Welsh Singer Award, 2014 Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award, 2014 John Kerr Competition and the 2014 RAM Blodwen Cosslett Leyshon Prize, Rhiannon Llewellyn is in her second year with Royal Academy Opera under the tutelage of Lillian Watson.

Recent and future operatic engagements include Armida (Rinaldo) for Longborough Festival Opera; Sandman (Hänsel und Gretel), Lace Seller (Death in Venice) and Anna (cover, Strauss’s Intermezzo) for Garsington Opera; Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and Dalinda (Ariodante) for Royal Academy Opera; Aristea (Heart in a Box) for Garsington Opera Education; Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for Opera’r Ddraig; and Cesare (Catone in Utica) for Dartington.

Concert and recital appearances include the Royal Opera House’s Crush Room, Royal Albert Hall, Real Academia de Bellas Artes (Madrid), Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, Purcell Room, St. John’s, Smith Square, King’s Place, Gower Music Festival, Cardiff Music Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. David’s Hall, the National Portrait Gallery and Aldeburgh Festival. Rhiannon is a Concordia Foundation Artist, a member of Academy Song Circle and former Les Azuriales Young Artist.

Rhiannon gratefully acknowledges the support of the Eric and Jacqueline Warne Scholarship, Sickle Foundation, Ryan Davies Trust, John Wren, Josephine Baker Trust, Countess of Munster Trust and Elizabeth Evans Trust.

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