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Huw Ynyr

Tenor

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Welsh lyric tenor Huw Ynyr combines natural stage charm with musical instinct. Currently in his final year on the M.A Opera Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, his recent successes include the 2018 Janet Price Opera Prize, the Aneurin Davies Memorial Award and the Musicians' Company Award 2018.

Winner of the Urdd Gobaith Cymru Bryn Terfel Scholarship and numerous prizes at the National Eisteddfod, he is also a regular on the concert platform.


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. This season, Huw made his debut with Welsh National Opera 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. Forthcoming plans include the role of Marco in The Gondoliers for RWCMD and he will also join Iford Opera as a Young Generation Artist and Ensemble Tenor in L’elisir d’amore. Next season, he performs the role of Duca Bertrando in Rossini’s L’inganno Felice for Wexford Festival Opera.

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. This year, he will sing Bach’s St John Passion in Welsh for Cantorion Menai and in German for the Hadleigh Choral Society. He recently performed 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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Berlioz L'enfance du ChristCenturion
Handel Messiah HWV 56
J.S. Bach St John PassionEvangelist
Mendelssohn Elijah Op. 70
Stainer Crucifixion
Berlioz
L'enfance du Christ
Centurion
Handel
Messiah HWV 56
J.S. Bach
St John Passion
Evangelist
Mendelssohn
Elijah Op. 70
Stainer
Crucifixion
Britten Albert HerringTitle Role
Cavalli EgistoTitle Role
Dallapiccola The PrisonerFirst Priest
Donizetti Don PasqualeErnesto
Flotow MarthaLionel (scenes)
Handel Acis and GalateaAcis (scenes)
Heggie Dead Man Walking Father Grenville (cover)
Mozart The Magic FluteTamino
Mozart Cosi fan tutteFerrando (scenes)
Puccini La RondinePrunier (scenes)
Rossini La CenerentolaRamiro
Sullivan The GondoliersMarco
Britten
Albert Herring
Title Role
Cavalli
Egisto
Title Role
Dallapiccola
The Prisoner
First Priest
Donizetti
Don Pasquale
Ernesto
Flotow
Martha
Lionel (scenes)
Handel
Acis and Galatea
Acis (scenes)
Heggie
Dead Man Walking
Father Grenville (cover)
Mozart
The Magic Flute
Tamino
Mozart
Cosi fan tutte
Ferrando (scenes)
Puccini
La Rondine
Prunier (scenes)
Rossini
La Cenerentola
Ramiro
Sullivan
The Gondoliers
Marco

Opera

The Magic Flute

Tamino in The Magic Flute for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, July 2018
Get the Chance
Huw Ynyr has a very pleasant tenor voice. He also sings with great clarity.
Tamino in The Magic Flute for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, July 2018
Arts Scene in Wales
Huw Evans as Tamino brought a rare appeal to what is often a dreary role and he held the evening together.

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