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Sioned Gwen Davies

Mezzo-Soprano

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Artist Manager: Sioned Jones sioned.jones@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Website: http://www.sionedgwendavies.com/


Coupled with a beautifully rich voice and an impressive range, Welsh mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies is equally at ease in lyric and dramatic roles. Formely an Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera, Sioned represented Wales at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2017 at St David’s Hall.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies represented Wales at the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and completed her training at the National Opera Studio in London, where she received generous financial support by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She is also thankful to The Worshipful Company of Girdlers for their kind sponsorship.

She made her professional operatic début in 2012 as Margarida in The Yellow Sofa for Glyndebourne Festival Opera‘s Jerwood Project, both in the Festival and on the autumn tour. In 2013 she performed Kate in The Pirates of Penzance with Scottish Opera and was subsequently offered an Emerging Artist Contract with the company for the 2013/14 season where her roles included Eduige in Rodelinda and Third Witch in Macbeth. She has since performed as a Guest Artist with the company in the roles of Olga in Eugene Onegin; Stewardess in Flight; Third Dryad in RusalkaPitti-Sing in The Mikado and was also a soloist on their Opera Highlights Tour of Scotland.  

She made her Spanish début as Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Valladolid; performed Second Lady in The Magic Flute with Longborough Festival Opera; cover Olga in Eugene Onegin and Annina in La Traviata for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; cover Edwige in Rodelinda for English National Opera; Title Role in a Welsh language translation of Carmen at the National Eisteddfod of Wales with Opra Cymru; Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and Frau Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor for British Youth Opera. Roles while at the GSMD include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Marta in Iolanta; Mere Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmelites; cover Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmelites and cover Florence Pike in Albert Herring.

This season she returns to Scottish Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto and Third Lady in The Magic Flute.

Concert highlights to date include Henze’s Voices at the Barbican Hall, London; the Alto Solo in Stravinsky’s Les Noces in LSO St. Lukes, London; Handel’s Messiah with the Lund Chamber Choir in Sweden and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music accompanied by Graham Johnson. She has also performed in a concert in the presence of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales at Caerphilly Castle. 

Competition successes include first prize at the 2009 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, first prize at the 2009 National Eisteddfod of Wales and she was awarded the most outstanding performer at the 2009 North London Festival. She was also a finalist in The Jackdaws Great Elm Vocal Awards at London’s Wigmore Hall and The Thelma King Award in Bath. Sioned Gwen is one of the first recipients of a Career Development Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation.


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15/11/2018

Rigoletto
Scottish Opera
Role: Maddalena
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

17/11/2018

Rigoletto
Scottish Opera
Role: Maddalena
Conductor: Derek Clark
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

20/11/2018

Rigoletto
Scottish Opera
Role: Maddalena
Conductor: Derek Clark
Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

22/11/2018

Rigoletto
Scottish Opera
Role: Maddalena
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

24/11/2018

Rigoletto
Scottish Opera
Role: Maddalena
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

04/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

08/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

10/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

12/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 15:00
Tickets

14/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

18/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

21/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

23/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

25/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

30/05/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

01/06/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

05/06/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

09/06/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 15:00
Tickets

11/06/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Tobias Ringborg
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

13/06/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Derek Clark
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

15/06/2019

The Magic Flute (revival)
Scottish Opera
Role: Third Lady
Conductor: Derek Clark
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15
Tickets

Bach Cantata BWV 34
Bach Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243
Beethoven Mass in C Major
Handel Messiah
Haydn Theresa Maria Mass
Haydn Time of War
Henze Voices
Jenkins The Armed Man
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Coronation Mass in C minor, K317
Mozart Vespers
Stravinsky Les Noces
Vivaldi Gloria
Williams Serenade to Music
Bach
Cantata BWV 34
Bach
Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243
Beethoven
Mass in C Major
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
Theresa Maria Mass
Haydn
Time of War
Henze
Voices
Jenkins
The Armed Man
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Mozart
Coronation Mass in C minor, K317
Mozart
Vespers
Stravinsky
Les Noces
Vivaldi
Gloria
Williams
Serenade to Music
Almeida La SpinalbaDianora
Bizet CarmenTitle Role, Mercedes
Britten Albert HerringFlorence Pike
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamHermia
Britten The Rape of LucretiaLucreti
Dvořák RusalkaThird Nymph
Gilbert & Sullivan The MikadoPitti-Sing
Handel RodelindaEduige
Handel AlcinaRuggiero
Massenet WertherCharlotte
Mozart The Magic FluteSecond Lady
Mozart Le nozze di FigaroMarcellina
Mozart The Magic FluteSecond Lady
Nicolai Die Lustigen Weiber von WindsorFrau Reich
Philips The Yellow SofaMargarida
Poulenc Dialogues des CarmélitesMere Jeanne, Madame de Croissy
Stravinsky The Rake's ProgressBaba the Turk
Sullivan The Pirates of PenzanceKate
Sullivan The MikadoPitti-Sing
Tchaikovsky IolantaMarta
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginOlga
Vaughan-Williams Serenade to MusicSoloist
Verdi La TraviataAnnina
Verdi MacbethThird Witch
Almeida
La Spinalba
Dianora
Bizet
Carmen
Title Role, Mercedes
Britten
Albert Herring
Florence Pike
Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hermia
Britten
The Rape of Lucretia
Lucreti
Dvořák
Rusalka
Third Nymph
Gilbert & Sullivan
The Mikado
Pitti-Sing
Handel
Rodelinda
Eduige
Handel
Alcina
Ruggiero
Massenet
Werther
Charlotte
Mozart
The Magic Flute
Second Lady
Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Marcellina
Mozart
The Magic Flute
Second Lady
Nicolai
Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor
Frau Reich
Philips
The Yellow Sofa
Margarida
Poulenc
Dialogues des Carmélites
Mere Jeanne, Madame de Croissy
Stravinsky
The Rake's Progress
Baba the Turk
Sullivan
The Pirates of Penzance
Kate
Sullivan
The Mikado
Pitti-Sing
Tchaikovsky
Iolanta
Marta
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Olga
Vaughan-Williams
Serenade to Music
Soloist
Verdi
La Traviata
Annina
Verdi
Macbeth
Third Witch

Opera

Rigoletto

Maddalena in Rigoletto for Scottish Opera
Seen and Heard International
The Maddalena of Sioned Gwen Davies was another major highlight, again the Welsh singer proved marvellously at one with her character in her crucial role in taking the Duke away from Gilda which leads to the final tragedy.
Maddalena in Rigoletto for Scottish Opera
The Scotsman
Sioned Gwen Davies plays the cruel siren figure of Maddalena with a disturbing coldness that fuels the hideous chill and horror of the final act.
Maddalena in Rigoletto for Scottish Opera
Bach Track
David Shipley and Sioned Gwen Davies, as the mercenary Sparafucile and his prostitute sister Maddalena respectively, gave memorable performances.

The Magic Flute

Second Lady in The Magic Flute with Longborough Festival Opera, July 2017
The Arts Desk
Her three attendants are superb: Katherine Crompton, Sioned Gwen Davies and Carolyn Dobbin

Rusalka

Third Nymph in Rusalka for Scottish Opera.
Opera
The three singing Dryads - Elin Pritchard, Emma Kerr and Sioned Gwen Davies, were excellent.

The Mikado

Pitti-Sing in The Mikado for Scottish Opera, May 2016
Bachtrack
Rebecca Bottone’s vocally bright Yum-Yum was outsung by Sioned Gwen Davies’ warm mezzo as Pitti-Sing
Pitti-Sing in The Mikado for Scottish Opera, May 2016
Daily Record
Sioned Gwen Davis as Pitti-Sing sang better [than Rebecca Bottyone as Yum Yum] and her stage presence was such that you were drawn to her whenever she appeared.
Pitti-Sing in The Mikado for Scottish Opera, May 2016
The Times
Sioned Gwen Davies makes a spirited Pitti-Sing.

Macbeth

Third Witch in Verdi's Macbeth for Scottish Opera, April 2014
The Guardian
..The witches (Katie Bird, Martha Jones and Sioned Gwen Davies) are an intriguing trio…They sing well, as does the rest of the cast.’
Third Witch in Verdi's Macbeth for Scottish Opera, April 2014
The Times
This is Verdi’s grandiose Macbeth reimagined as intimate chamber opera with a chorus reduced to three very serviceable witches…the solid ensemble cast, from Katie Bird, Martha Jones and Sioned Gwen Davies as the weird sisters

Rodelinda

Eduige in Rodelinda for Scottish Opera, September 2013
The Guardian
Sioned Gwen Davies is good fun and sturdy-voiced as the sassy Eduige.
Eduige in Rodelinda for Scottish Opera, September 2013
The Herald
Gwen Davies (Eduige) is a likeable baddie..

The Yellow Sofa

Margarida in The Yellow Sofa for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, October 2012
theartsdesk.com
… comic turns by the likes of the wonderful Sioned Gwen Davies, who portrays the Alves’ disgruntled maid…

Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Frau Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor for Guildhall School Music and Drama, November 2011
The Observer
As Frau Reich (Mistress Page), the mezzo Sioned Gwen Davies has a more even-toned, settled voice and a vivacious, warm manner.
Frau Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor for Guildhall School Music and Drama, November 2011
Bachtrack
…a really warm, settled voice.

Concerts / Recitals

Opera Gala, Notting Hill Mayfest
Remotegoat
When mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies walked onto the stage, however, you instantly knew you could breathe easily, and just let yourself enjoy the show. From the very first few bars, Ms Davies projects the grace of effortless confidence. There is no subtle pleading for your approval there, but the understated yet unwavering trust that Music is on her side. Her stage presence is remarkably grounded for one so young, her technique is flawless and her crisp diction leaves no doubt that she means every word of her song. Her rendition of 'Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix', from Saint-Saëns's 'Samson et Dalila', sung in a voice rich and warm like vintage port, carried truth with it.
British Youth Opera 25th Anniversary Gala at Cadogan Hall, London
British Theatre Guide
An exciting mezzo soprano to watch is Sioned Gwen Davies. This mid-twenties mezzo soprano performed with BYO just last year but she is already zooming up the ranks. She is sumptuous vocally, her tone creamy and full which is on a par with the stars from far more experienced generations onstage in this gala.

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