Welsh tenor, Huw Ynyr graduated with distinction from the M.MUS Performance course at the University of Wales, Bangor in 2015 and continues his vocal studies on the M.A Opera Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, under the tutelage of Adrian Thompson.. Huw is the grateful recipient of the Rath/Underwood Scholarship and the 2018/19 David and Philippa Seligman Award for Excellence at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Huw made his operatic début whilst at Bangor University, performing the Title Role in Cavalli’s Egisto. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera this season as First Priest in a semi-staged concert performance of Dallapiccola’s The Prisoner as part of their Freedom season, whilst also covering the role of Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking. He is currently engaged with Wexford Festival Opera as a member of their chorus whilst also performing the role of Duca Bertrando in Rossini’s L’inganno Felice as part of their Short Works Series. This summer, Huw joined Iford Opera as a Young Generation Artist and Ensemble Tenor in L’elisir d’amore and also performed the role of Marco Palmieri in The Gondoliers for RWCMD.
Other roles include the Title Role in Albert Herring, Tamino in The Magic Flute and Ramiro in La Cenerentola for RWCMD and, Ernesto in a Welsh language adaptation of Don Pasquale for Opra Cymru. In opera scenes he has performed Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte; Lionel in Martha; Prunier in La Rondine and Acis in Acis and Galatea.
In concert last year, Huw performed alongside Sir Bryn Terfel and former Royal Harpist, Hannah Stone to celebrate the 90th birthday of harpist Osian Ellis at Pontio, Bangor, highlights of which were broadcast on BBC Radio Cymru. Other highlights include a celebration concert in the Rainbow Room, New York for St. David’s Day and a RWCMD Gala Concert conducted by Carlo Rizzi.
Huw is a popular soloist in oratorio and his concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Stainer’s Crucifixion and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Recent performances include the Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle Ensemble Vocal Tourdion in Delémont in Swtzerland, Bach’s St John Passion in Welsh for Cantorion Menai and in German for the Hadleigh Choral Society and the role of Centurion in L’enfance du Christ with the BBC National Chorus of Wales conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
Huw has appeared as guest artist in the S4C television entertainment series ‘Noson Lawen’ and has performed the Welsh National Anthem for several international matches for the FAW Welsh Premier Women’s League, also broadcast for television.
Among Huw’s awards and competition successes are the 2018 Janet Price Opera Prize, Aneurin Davies Memorial Award, the Musicians’ Company Award 2018, the E. A. Redman Interpretation Prize, the Eileen Price Prize for Lieder Singing and in 2017 Huw was awarded the RWCMD’s Dame Shirley Bassey scholarship. Other prizes include first prize in the Tenor Solo under twenty-five years of age at the 2016 National Eisteddfod of Wales and he was also joint-recipient of the Eirwen Griffiths Jones Memorial Scholarship – a scholarship awarded to the most promising soloist between 19-25 years old. In 2012 he won the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship.
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