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Sioned Gwen Davies

Mezzo Soprano

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

Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk

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


Winner of the 2016 Welsh Singers Competition, Sioned Gwen Davies represented Wales in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017. She has a wonderfully rich mezzo-soprano voice with an equally impressive range.

After completing her studies on the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London’s Opera Course in 2012, she performed the role of Margarida in Julian Philips’s opera The Yellow Sofa as part of Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Project. After performing the role of Kate in The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera in 2013, she was invited to join the company as an Emerging Artist, where she took the roles of Eduige in Rodelinda and Third Witch in Macbeth. Sioned completed her training at the National Opera Studio, London in 2015 where her studies were generously supported by Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She is also one of the first recipients of a Career Development Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. Recent engagements include her Spanish debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Valladolid, Third Dryad in Rusalka and  Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with Scottish Opera. Future plans include Olga in Eugene Onegin and Stewardess in Flight with Scottish Opera.

Sioned Gwen was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. She gained her M.Mus. degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and completed her post graduate studies on their Opera Course in 2012. Sioned Gwen is one of the first recipients of a Career Development Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. She is also thankful to The Worshipful Company of Girdlers for their kind sponsorship. Sioned recently completed her training at the National Opera Studio in London, and gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of Glyndebourne Festival Opera who have provided her with a Young Artist Development Award.

Following her success in the Welsh Singers Competition 2016, Sioned recently had the honour of representing Wales in the prestigious, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, 2017. Other competition successes include first prize winner in the 2009 Llangollen International Eisteddfod, first prize winner 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 the Wigmore Hall, London and ‘The Thelma King Award’ in Bath.

In 2013, Sioned performed the role of Kate in The Pirates of Penzance for 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. In 2012, she performed the role of Margarida in The Yellow Sofa for Glyndebourne Festival Opera‘s Jerwood Project, both in the Festival and autumn tour, returning to the festival in 2014 to understudy the roles of Olga in Eugene Onegin and Annina in La Traviata.

Whilst a student, Sioned performed the roles of Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and Frau Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor for British Youth Opera. Roles performed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama were Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s DreamMarta in Iolanta, and Mere Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmelites. She also understudied Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmelites and understudied Florence Pike in Albert Herring.

Concert highlights 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. Sioned Gwen also performed in a concert in the presence of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, at Caerphilly Castle. 

Recent engagements include her Spanish debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Valladolid, Third Dryad in RusalkaPitti-Sing in The Mikado and an Opera Highlights Tour of Scotland with Scottish Opera, the Title Role in a Welsh language translation of Carmen at the National Eisteddfod of Wales with Opra Cymru and a concert tour of Wales with Chamber group, Ensemble Cymru.  Future plans include Second Lady in The Magic Flute with Longborough Festival Opera, understudy Edwige in Rodelinda for English National Opera and Olga in Eugene Onegin and Stewardess in Flight with Scottish Opera.


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DateDetails
26/10/2017

Rodelinda
English National Opera
Role: Edwige (cover)
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
London Coliseum, London, England. 19:00

01/11/2017

Rodelinda
English National Opera
Role: Edwige (cover)
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
London Coliseum, London, England. 19:00

03/11/2017

Rodelinda
English National Opera
Role: Edwige (dirprwyo)
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
London Coliseum, London, England. 19:00

09/11/2017

Rodelinda
English National Opera
Role: Edwige (cover)
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
London Coliseum, London, England. 19:00

11/11/2017

Rodelinda
English National Opera
Role: Edwige (cover)
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
London Coliseum, London, England.18:00

15/11/2017

Rodelinda
English National Opera
Role: Edwige (cover)
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
London Coliseum, London, England. 19:00

17/02/2018

Flight
Scottish Opera
Role: Stewardess
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15

19/02/2018

Flight (Unwrap Performance) 
Scottish Opera
Role: Stewardess
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 18:00

21/02/2018

Flight
Scottish Opera
Role: Stewardess
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15

24/02/2018

Flight
Scottish Opera
Role: Stewardess
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15

01/03/2018

Flight
Scottish Opera
Role: Stewardess
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15

02/03/2018

Flight (Unwrap Performance)
Scottish Opera
Role: Stewardess
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 18:00

03/03/2018

Flight
Scottish Opera
Role: Stewardess
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15

27/04/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15

29/04/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 15:00

03/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15

04/05/2018

Concert
Soloist: Sioned Gwen Davies
Choir: Pendyrus Male Choir
Rhondda Fach Sports Centre,Tylorstown, Wales. 19:15

05/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Rhan: Olga
Arweinydd: Stuart Stratford
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland. 19:15

10/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland. 19:15

12/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland. 19:15

15/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15

17/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15

19/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland. 19:15

23/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15

26/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15

29/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15

31/05/2018

Eugene Onegin
Scottish Opera
Role: Olga
Conductor: Stuart Stratford
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. 19:15

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

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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