7th March, 2017

The opera star has been knighted by the Queen.

The Welsh bass-baritone, known for his signature roles of Figaro in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and the title role in Verdi's Falstaff, was honoured during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony on Tuesday the 7th of March, 2017.

He said after the ceremony: "In the past 15 years I've been given a CBE, the Queen's medal for music, I was the second recipient of that, and now the knighthood, which is incredible, it shows how dedicated you have been within your profession. It's only on days like this you feel like a tiny, tiny spot within the lake of (what) people do for their country, it's amazing."

He added: "It's a very emotional morning, hopefully I can use it to be even more influential within Wales with music and I look forward to the next ten years."