Roderick Williams

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Biography

Born: 1965  
Roderick Williams is a bass who rapidly began establishing an operatic career in Britain in the mid-'90s.

After university, Williams was a school music teacher for three years while training for a full-time career as a professional singer. He studied the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music. While there he made his operatic debut as Tarquinius in Britten's Rape of Lucretia, a part he maintains in his active repertory as a
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He began entering competitions and in 1992 won the top prize among basses in the Great Grimsby International Singing Competition. In 1994 he was second prize overall in the Kathleen Ferrier competition. He has also won awards from the South East Arts Music Scheme, and the National Federation of Music Societies, and was granted the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award.

He began establishing himself in the North of Britain, singing the Count in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Opera North, and Schaunard in La Bohčme at the Scottish Opera. For the same companies he has also sung Marcello in La Bohčme, Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore, Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and Masetto in Don Giovanni.

His international debut was in 1998, when he sang Albert in Massenet's Werther for the New Israeli Opera, and in the 1999 Spoleto Festival he took the part of Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in Prokofiev's War and Peace, repeating the role for Chandos' recording of the opera.

He sings solo recitals and concert appearances frequently throughout Britain and abroad, including Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM performances. He is a composer, with works that have been played at the Barbican, Wigmore, the Purcell Room, and on British radio.

He has become something of a specialist in concert performances of operas. In this format he sang Watchful in Vaughan Williams' The Pilgrim's Progress at the Royal Opera, Harlequin in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at the Barbican Centre with the City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox conducting, the Novice's Friend in Britten's Billy Budd with the London Symphony, the roles of Sid in Britten's Albert Herring and Top Moss in Copland's The Tender Land with the City of London Sinfonia, and as Henry Cuffe in Britten's Gloriana with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

His recordings, besides the Prokofiev opera, include the role of Ned Keen in Chandos' prize-winning recording of Britten's Peter Grimes, the parts already mentioned from Billy Budd and The Pilgrim's Progress, and the King's Herald in Verdi's Don Carlos on Philips with Bernard Haitink conducting, and the solo part in Frank Martin's In Terra Pax. He was scheduled to record a part in Vaughan Williams' opera Sir John in Love for Chandos.

Other roles he sings are Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale; the Mozartean roles of the Count in Marriage of Figaro, Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Guglielmo in Cosě fan tutte; The Marquis in Poulencs Dialogues des Carmelites, and the title role of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Read less
Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's Progress / Hickox, Et Al
Release Date: 05/19/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9625   Number of Discs: 2
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Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss / Hickox, Bbc National
Release Date: 11/25/2003   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5020   Number of Discs: 2
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    Vaughan Williams: Discoveries / Williams, Johnston, Brabbins, BBC Symphony
    Label: Alfi Records   Catalog: 028 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Adrian Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Jennifer Johnston
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    A Finzi Anthology
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8508017 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Robert Plane,  Lesley Hatfield,  Tim Hugh,  Peter Donohoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Christopher Robinson,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Der Wanderer / Williams, Burnside
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34170 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside
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    Handel: Oratorios
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83040 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  James Oxley,  Jan Thomer,  Markus Brutscher,  Elvira Bill  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Neumann,  Holger Speck,  Frieder Bernius,  Nicholas McGegan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Cartusianum,  Cologne Chamber Choir,  Rastatt Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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    Handel: Israel in Agypten / King, The King's Consort
    Label: Vivat   Catalog: 111 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Lydia Teuscher,  Benjamin Hulett,  Julia Doyle,  Hilary Summers  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Consort
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    Parry: 12 Sets of English Lyrics, Vol. 1 / Gritton, Gilchrist, Williams, West
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 257 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Andrew West,  James Gilchrist,  Roderick Williams
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    Stimpson: Dylan & The Drowning of Capel Celyn / Williams
    Label: Stone Records   Catalog: 8055 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Stimpson
    Performer:  Sioned Williams,  Roderick Williams
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    Ian Venables: The Song Of The Severn
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 424 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ian Venables
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Graham J. Lloyd
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    Hugh Wood: Wild Cyclamen
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 201 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugh Wood
    Performer:  Iain Burnside,  Clare McCaldin,  Simon Lepper,  James Gilchrist  ... 
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    Colin Matthews: No Man's Land; Crossing The Alps; Aftertones
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7538 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Colin Matthews
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Ian [Tenor Vocals] Bostridge
    Conductor:  Nicholas Collon,  Richard Wilberforce
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    Bach: St. John Passion / Kozena, Padmore, Rattle
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 140031 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Mark Padmore,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Magdalena Kozená  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Fuchs: Falling Man… / Williams, Falletta, LSO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559753 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kenneth Fuchs
    Performer:  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Bach Secular Cantatas, Vol. 4: Academic Cantatas / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2001 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Joanne Lunn,  Wolfram Lattke,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Birtwistle: Chamber Music, Songs / Fellner, Brendel, Batiashivilli, Freston
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002043602 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harrison Birtwistle
    Performer:  Lisa Batiashvili,  Till Fellner,  Adrian Brendel,  Roderick Williams  ... 
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    Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 368 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harrison Birtwistle
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Philippa Davies,  Emma [Soprano Vocal] Tring,  Stephen Jeffes  ... 
    Conductor:  David Hill,  Nicholas Kok
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
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    Holst: The Hymn Of Jesus; Delius: Sea Drift & Cynara
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7535 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
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    Britten: Canticles; The Heart of the Matter / Norman, Gould, Maclean
    Label: Stone Records   Catalog: 8031 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Hugh Webb,  Roderick Williams,  Richard Watkins,  Christopher Gould  ... 
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    Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 3 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2041 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hiroya Aoki,  Joanne Lunn,  Makoto Sakurada,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Wolf: Italienische Liederbuch / Rodgers, Williams, Vignoles
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Joan Rodgers,  Roderick Williams,  Roger Vignoles
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    Bach: St. John Passion / Layton, Bostridge, Davies, Sampson, Davies, Mulroy
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67901 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nicholas Mulroy,  Ian Bostridge,  Carolyn Sampson,  Iestyn Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Polyphony
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  • 21.
    Anniversary Series - Art Song Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 303 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francis Poulenc,  Alec Roth  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Crawford-Phillips,  Andrew Kennedy,  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
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    Elgar: The Starlight Express / Manahan Thomas, Williams, Davis
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5111 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Clive Carey
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Simon Callow
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Wolf, Korngold, Mahler & Schumann: Lieder / Roderick Williams, Helmut Deutsch
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 55 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Hugo Wolf,  Robert Schumann,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Helmut Deutsch
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  • 24.
    Bridge: Orchestral Works - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10729 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Howard Shelley,  Alban Gerhardt,  Roderick Williams,  Sarah Connolly  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  BBC National Chorus of Wales
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  • 25.
    Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol II / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1971 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sophie Junker,  Joanne Lunn,  Makoto Sakurada,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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