rhiannon llewellyn

soprano

biography

Welsh soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn completed her training on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music having gained her BMus at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She now studies with Carlos Conde González. Rhiannon has been First Prize winner of Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, the John Kerr Award for English Song, MOCSA Young Welsh Singer, Dunraven Young Welsh Singer and Maggie Teyte competitions and received the 2013 Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award for Most Promising Young Artist. In addition to her singing Rhiannon is Music Director of the South London Military Wives Choir and an experienced Early Years and Primary workshop leader. She was founder and Artistic Director of Opera’r Ddraig which won her the Quality in Wales Future Entrepreneur Award 2010

Rhiannon made her professional opera début as the Sandman Hänsel und Gretel for Garsington Opera, for whom she has also sung The Lace Seller Death in Venice and made her Glyndebourne début as Frantik The Cunning Little Vixen. She has performed Arminda Rinaldo for Longborough Festival Opera, Cesare in Vivaldi Catone in Utica at the Dartington Summer School, Mauxalinda in Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley and Countess in Salieri La Scuola de’ gelosi for Bampton Classical Opera. Her repertoire includes Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress, Nella Gianni Schicchi and Dalinda Ariodante. Rhiannon was an Iford Arts New Generation Artist 2017.

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Concert appearances include the Eva Turner part in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra /Vladimir Jurowsky; Bernstein Mass at The Proms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Kristjan Järvi; Handel Duets and Arias with the Royal Academy Baroque Orchestra / Laurence Cummings; Haydn Creation with the London Youth Choir / Suzy Digby and Carmina Burana with the National Children’s Orchestra / Howard Williams. Amongst her repertoire are Messiah, St John Passion, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle and Poulenc Gloria.

Rhiannon has given solo recitals at the Royal Opera House Crush Room, Real Academia de belles Artes, Madrid; Albert Long Hall, Istanbul; St John’s Smith Square and the Gower and Cardiff Music Festivals working with accompanists Paul McKenzie, Finnegan Downie Dear, Manon Fischer-Dieskau, William Vann and Edwige Herchenroder.

Rhiannon recently sang Countess Le Nozze di Figaro on tour with The Merry Opera Company, Tytania The Fairy Queen for Waterperry Opera and covered Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice for English National Opera.

March 2021

Rhiannon Llewellyn is represented for General Management. For all enquiries please contact Caroline Phillips cphillips@caroline-phillips.co.uk

reviews

The Merry Opera Company – The Marriage of Figaro

The jewel of the piece is a magnificently proud, sincere yet sassy Countess from Rhiannon Llewellyn, her soprano perfectly fitted for this luscious music, from elegant delicacy to poised, regal strength. Llewellyn’s exceptionally fine acting gives us a Countess who loves her husband deeply enough to want to rekindle their marriage, but who is also deeply hurt by his betrayal.

8 February 2018, Operissima

Bampton Classical Opera – Salieri The School of Jealousy

Rhiannon Llewellyn captured the nobility of the Countess’s slow cavatina with legato loveliness.

October 2017, Opera

As Fisher’s Countess, a poised Rhiannon Llewellyn radiated tense anxiety here, sassy authority there… the notes her voice can leap up to reach are simply stunning. Generally exhibiting impressive vocal control …Llewellyn and Fisher made a supremely matched pair in duets, their voices truly complimenting one another in tone and colour.

25 July 2017, Bachtrack

 

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Rhiannon Llewellyn expresses appropriately greater aristocratic composure in characterising the part of the Countess, depicting her outrage at her husband’s flirtation with Ernestina, and in the longer, lyrical lines of her self-pitying outpouring which look ahead to the two great arias for the Countess in Figaro.

21 July 2017, Classical source

Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress – Royal Academy Opera – Anne Trulove – March 2015

Rhiannon Llewellyn had all you could want – clear, accurate high notes especially – as a tender but spirited Anne Trulove.”

22 March 2015, The Observer

…Rhiannon Llewellyn sang Anne delectably – the way she managed transitions into the chest register was a special and unusual pleasure.”

April 2015, Opera Magazine

…Anne was sung, with radiant intensity, by Rhiannon Llewellyn…

21 March 2015, The Spectator

Rhiannon Llewellyn’s Anne combined grace and beauty to a properly euphonious degree; her first act aria was very fine indeed.

20 March 2015, Seen And Heard International

 

Rhiannon Llewellyn as Anne Trulove brought a lovely tenderness to the role that peaked in the Act III lullaby. She possesses a warm tone quality and the voice really shone when she let it go… she is certainly an artist to follow.

19 March 2015, Bachtrack


Lampe The Dragon of Wantley – London Handel Festival – Mauxalinda – April 2015

The four singers attacked every word with gusto… As maidens Mauxalinda and Margery, Rhiannon Llewellyn and Susanna Fairbairn stole the show, their extended cat-fight an exuberant expression of unsisterly conflict.

8 April 2015, Evening Standard

Rhiannon Llewellyn made a fine contrast, playing Mauxalinda the standard opera seria trope, the woman scorned and bent on revenge. Llewellyn has a vibrant soprano voice which was used with skill. She was delightfully vituperative and her scene where she has it out with Fairbairn’s Margery was a great comic delight, being a lovely send-up of such moments in opera seria.

8 April 2015, planethugill.com


Puccini Gianni Schicchi – Royal Academy Opera – Nella – November 2014

Again, the ensemble performance was terrific, but particularly memorable were the silky diction of Rhiannon Llewellyn as Nella, and the imposing sounds made by Tristan Hambleton as Simone and the two Bettos, Božidar Smiljanić and Alistair Ollerenshaw.

February 2015, Opera Magazine


Handel Rinaldo – Longborough Festival Opera – Armida – July 2014

As Armida, demon sorceress and secret weapon of Rinaldo’s opponent, the tiger-taming King Argante (soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn) is vocally nuanced while appearing brazenly sexy.

25 July 2014, The Guardian

Rhiannon Llewellyn was excellently cast as the sorceress Armida, with bold dramatic choices in her acting which portrayed the fiery, passionate and capricious nature of her character, as well as performing some terrific singing. She had an easy agility for the runs and a wonderful control to her voice, able to diminuendo to pianissimo with expression, which was well demonstrated in the second half of Act II.

Early Music Review

Musically and dramatically this production was tremendously satisfying, and such was the standard it was difficult to tell the newcomers and more experienced singers apart… haughty Rhiannon Llewellyn frightened the life out of me as the domineering and threatening Armida.

25 July 2014, Seen And Heard International


Handel Ariodante – Royal Academy Opera – Dalinda – March 2014

Rhiannon Llewellyn gives a subtle, delightfully sung performance as the easily swayed Dalinda.

24 March 2014, The Times

The cast was stunning. There was real maturity in these young voices, with strength and control and astonishing technique all round… Rhiannon Llewellyn sang Dalinda with art.

Opera Now

Rhiannon Llewellyn’s Dalinda was at once sensual and maternal, and wonderfully animated throughout. Polished and mature, she acted with sophisticated emotion and engaged the audience from the start with her beguiling soprano.

25 March 2014, Bachtrack

Rhiannon Llewellyn as Dalinda (Ginevra’s lady-in waiting) was the most consistently satisfying role in terms of musical projection and interpretation, by no means becoming a mere foil for her mistress.

20 March 2014, Classical Source


Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel – Garsington Opera – Sandman – June 2013

Rhiannon Llewellyn is even younger, being still on the post-graduate programme at the Royal Academy, but she sings the important cameo role of the Sandman with great confidence and clarity.

The Mail On Sunday

Both delivering their cameo appearances with perfect neatness, Rhiannon Llewellyn’s Sandman – with an eerie suggestion of Nosferatu in her makeup and costuming – and Ruth Jenkin’s Dew Fairy, more saccharine in her appearance – complete a strong cast.

25 June 2013, The Guardian

…Fuchs depiction of the Sandman at the end of act two (finely sung by Rhiannon Llewellyn) had been genuinely creepy and avoided the cutesy… Both Rhiannon Llewellyn, as the Sandman, and Ruth Jenkins as the Dew Fairy, contributed beautifully poised accounts of their arias.

24 June 2013, Opera Today

The Sandman (Rhiannon Llewellyn) and Dew Fairy (Ruth Jenkins) were both beautifully sung and suitably magical.

23 June 2013, Classical Source

Two operatic newcomers impress in smaller roles: Rhiannon Llewellyn, currently at the Royal Academy of Music, is a Nosferatu-like Sandman, and Ruth Jenkins a perk Dew Fairy in tartan tutu.

Sunday Express

They were supported by an exceptional cast, finely characterized by this imaginative and sensitive director… Rhiannon Llewellyn was a sweet-toned Sandman, the bringer of nightmares rather than dreams in this version…

24 June 2013, Music OMH

“There is fine singing from Rhiannon Llewellyn as the Sandman…”

4 July 2013, Oxford Times

“The supporting cast is excellent in Rhiannon Llewellyn’s eerie Sandman and Ruth Jenkins’ sugar sweet Dew Fairy.”

28 June 2013, Daily Info, Oxford


Guest soloist with the Waverley Singers, Farnham – June 2013

A sell-out audience of 270 enjoyed a sumptuous celebration of music at the Waverley Singers Summer concert at St. Thomas-on-the-Bourne Church on Saturday, June 15. Unfortunately, the choir’s guest soprano was forced to withdraw less than 24hrs before the concert, but her replacement, Rhiannon Llewellyn, who is currently singing at Garsington Opera, proved more than equal to the task and delighted the audience with her charm, musicality and humour in singing arias from La Bohème, Manon, Summertime (Porgy and Bess), as well as Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum.

Petersfield Herald


Guest soloist with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, Romsey Abbey – April 2013

The concert experience was enhanced by our principal soloist Rhiannon Llewellyn who showed her vibrant personality as well as her superb soprano voice.

6 April 2013, LWMVC

 

Song recital with Matthew Fletcher at the Colston Hall – March 2013

Richard Strauss… beautifully sung with great control… Rhiannon chose the poignant Summertime which she sang with heartfelt feeling… The soloist gave a masterly display ably accompanied by Matthew Fletcher on the piano throughout.

27 March 2013, The Bristol Post


Handel Messiah – Welsh Sinfonia under Mark Eager – Llandaff Cathedral – December 2012

Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn was quite possibly the star of the night. Her pure angelic sound was mesmerising, and by the end of But Who May Abide the interaction between her high notes and the strings was stunning. There Were Shepherds was also a clear highlight, with Llewellyn’s voice filling the cathedral.

4 December 2012, Wales Online/Western Mail


The Nightingale and the Rose
– 2011

There were, however, powerful performances in both acts – particularly from Dorothea Herbert as the mad Scarlett and Rhiannon Llewellyn as The Nightingale…

6 July 2011 Buzz Magazine


Afrodisiac Tour – 2010

Rhiannon Llewellyn delivered the vocal lines to bewitching effect.

18 October 2010, The Guardian

news

Bejer and Llewellyn in Fairy Queen

Designer Simon Bejer provides sets and costumes and Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn sings Tytania for Waterperry Opera's The Fairy Queen directed by Ruth Mariner and conducted by William Cole. There are performances on July 26, 27 & 28th (m) in Oxfordshire.

Rhiannon Llewellyn and Kate Howden in rare Salieri opera

Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn sings Contessa Bandiera and mezzo Kate Howden, Carlotta,  in Jeremy Gray's production of Salieri The School of Jealousy for Bampton Classical Opera conducted by Anthony Kraus. There are performances on July 21 & 22 Bampton, Oxfordshire;...

Rhiannon Llewellyn LPO debut

Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn will make her début appearance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski singing the Eva Turner part in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. The performance will be part of the LPO’s Shakespeare 400 Gala at the Royal...

Competition win for Rhiannon Llewellyn

Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn has won First Prize at the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition. Run by the Association of English Singers and Speakers, the competition requires candidates to perform poetry or prose as well as art songs to English texts....

Soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn joins CPM

We are delighted to welcome soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn to CPM. Just finishing her studies, Rhiannon garnered critical acclaim for her recent interpretation of Anne Trulove in The Rakes Progress at the Royal Academy of Music "Rhiannon Llewellyn had all you could want -...