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Rhiannon Llewellyn – Soprano

Rhiannon llewellynWinner of the 2013 Maggie Teyte Prize and Miriam Licette Award, 2013 Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award,  First Prize at the 2014 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer Competition, 2014 John Kerr Award for Early English Song, 2015 AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, 2014 Dunraven Young Welsh Singer Award and 2014 Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award, Rhiannon recently graduated from the Royal Academy Opera school where she studied with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp.

Operatic engagements include Sandman Hänsel und Gretel, Lace Seller Death in Venice, Anna (cover) Intermezzo (all Garsington Opera), Frantik The Cunning Little Vixen, First Bridesmaid (cover) Le Nozze di Figaro (both Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Dalinda Ariodante, Anne Truelove The Rake’s Progress, Nella Gianni Schicchi, Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte (cover)(all Royal Academy Opera), Armida Rinaldo (Longborough Festival Opera), CesareCatone in Utica (Dartington International Summer School), Gala The Shadow of the Wave (Tète-â-Tète Festival) and Dalinda (cover) Ariodante (Scottish Opera).

Recital highlights include programmes at The Royal Opera House’ Crush Room, Madrid’s Real Academia de Belles Artes, St. John’s Smith Square, Gower Music Festival, Cardiff Music Festival, Gloucester Cathedral, Colston Hall, Hay-on-Wye Festival and in Istanbul.

Concert highlights include Serenade to Music under Vladamir Jurowski with Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, a programme of Handel Arias and Duets under Laurence Cummings (Kings Place), Bernstein’s Mass under Kristjan Järvi (Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms), Charlie Barber’s Afrodisiac (Purcell Room), Mozart’s Requiem under Paul Spicer (St. Martin-in-the-Fields), Orff’s Carmina Burana (St. David’s Hall), Dvorak’s Te Deum (Arundel Cathedral), Orff’s Carmina Burana under Howard Williams (Colston Hall – National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle under Jonathan Wilcocks (Chichester Cathedral), Stravinsky’s Japanese & Balmont Songs with the Manson Ensemble (Duke’s Hall), Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Bristol Sinfonia), Handel’s Messiah (Salford Cathedral), Handel’s Messiah(Llandaff Cathedral – Welsh Sinfonia), Bach’s St. John Passion (St. Martin-in-the-Fields – Choir of Christ College, Cambridge), Elgar’s Coronation Ode(Guernsey) and Poulenc Gloria (Colston Hall).

Rhiannon is co-founder and former Artistic Director of the company Opera’r Ddraig. For her work with the company, she was invited by HM The Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace in in recognition of the achievements of young people in the performing arts as well as leading the company to winning the Quality in Wales Future Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2010).

Rhiannon is a keen amateur ballerina and tap dancer, walker, runner and knitter. She has yet to participate in all of these activities concurrently. Rhiannon is currently based in Bielefeld with her husband, Brutus, and continues to study with Janice Chapman.