Roderick Williams

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: Sir John In Love / Hickox, Varcoe, Et Al
Release Date: 07/24/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9928   Number of Discs: 2
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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: The First Nowell, Etc / Hickox, Et Al
Release Date: 10/03/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10385   Number of Discs: 1
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Bairstow: Choral Music / Hill, Williams, Provost, Et Al
Release Date: 08/14/2007   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67497   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Barber: Complete Orchestral Works / Alsop, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506021 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Stephane Rancourt,  Louise Winter,  Lesley Craigie,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Richard Rodney Bennett: Songs Before Sleep
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 155 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard R. Bennett
    Performer:  Iain Burnside,  Sophie Daneman,  Roderick Williams,  Susan Bickley  ... 
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  • 28.
    English Song Series 20 - Butterworth: Songs From A Shropshire Lad, Folk Songs From Sussex
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572426 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Butterworth
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside
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  • 29.
    Kissing Her Hair: Twenty Early Songs Of Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Label: Albion   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside,  Andrew Staples,  Sarah [Soprano Vocal] Fox
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  • 30.
    Moeran: Complete Solo Songs / McGreevy, Thompson, Williams, Talbot
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10596 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ernest John Moeran
    Performer:  John Talbot,  Roderick Williams,  Geraldine McGreevy,  Adrian [Tenor Vocal] Thompson
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    Elgar: Sea Pictures; Pageant Of Empire
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7243 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ivor Gurney,  Michael Hurd
    Performer:  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Martin Yates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 32.
    John Ireland: Orchestral Songs And Miniatures
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7246 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Andrew Tranchell,  Herbert Murrill,  Walter Collins,  Lionel Sainsbury  ... 
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Charles Mutter
    Conductor:  John Wilson,  Gavin Sutherland,  Paul Murphy,  Martin Yates
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    In Terra Pax - A Christmas Anthology / Wetton, Bournemouth SO, City Of London Choir
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572102 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mathias,  John Gardner,  John Rutter,  Kenneth Leighton  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Doyle,  Roderick Williams,  Mark Williams,  Lydia Challen  ... 
    Conductor:  Hilary Davan Wetton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Choir,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Elgar: The Fringes Of The Fleet / Higgins, Williams, Lester, Rock, Meikle, Guildford Philharmonic
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 243 Release Date: 11/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland,  Edward German,  Sir Edward Elgar,  John Ansell  ... 
    Performer:  Duncan Rock,  Roderick Williams,  Nicholas Lester,  Laurence Meikle
    Conductor:  Tom Higgins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Within A Dream - A Celebration Of The Artistry Of Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10568 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Benjamin Britten,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Roderick Williams,  Bruce Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Purcell's Shakespeare / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446218 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Meredith Hall,  Libby Crabtree,  Christopher Robson,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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    Eccles: The Judgment Of Paris, Mad Songs / Curnyn, Crowe, Hulett, Early Opera Company
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 759 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Eccles
    Performer:  Lucy Crowe,  Ben Hulett,  Roderick Williams,  Claire Booth  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Curnyn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Opera Company,  Early Opera Company Chorus
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  • 38.
    The NMC Songbook
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 150 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Roderick Williams,  Rupert Bawden,  Bayan Northcott,  Emily Howard  ... 
    Performer:  Iain Burnside,  Roderick Williams,  Huw Watkins,  Jean Rigby  ... 
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  • 39.
    Beethoven: Lieder Und Gesange / Ann Murray, Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Ann Murray,  Iain Burnside
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    Britten: Billy Budd / Harding, Bostridge, Gunn
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19039 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Matthew Rose,  Jonathan Lemalu,  Neal Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 41.
    The Best Of Finzi
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556836 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Robert Plane,  Iain Burnside,  Roderick Williams,  Christopher Whitton  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths,  Christopher Robinson,  David Lloyd-Jones,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Royal Ballet Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 42.
    The Best Of Vaughan Williams
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556835 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  David Greed,  Christopher Maltmann,  Christopher Maltman,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  Kees Bakels,  James Judd,  Paul Daniel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  English Northern Philharmonia  ... 
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  • 43.
    Vaughan Williams: Rare Songs From The Operas / Fox, Williams, Et Al
    Label: Albion   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Andrew Staples,  Roderick Williams,  Sarah Fox,  Iain Burnside  ... 
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  • 44.
    English Song Series 18 - Ireland: Songs / Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570467 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside
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  • 45.
    Fauré: Requiem / Christophers, St. Martin In The Fields, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16057 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Mark Dobell,  Ruth Massey
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 46.
    Sea Fever / Yates, Williams, Bbc Concert Orchestra, Et Al
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7199 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edgar Bainton,  John Ireland,  Rutland Boughton,  George Dyson  ... 
    Performer:  Ailish Tynan,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Martin Yates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Bantock: Omar Khayyám / Handley, Wyn-rogers, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5051 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Granville Bantock
    Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Toby Spence,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
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  • 48.
    Handel: Solomon / McGegan, Mead, Labelle, Slattery
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83242 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dominique Labelle,  Michael Slattery,  Roderick Williams,  Timothy Mead
    Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Göttingen Festival Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Bairstow: Choral Music / Hill, Williams, Provost, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67497 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Bairstow
    Performer:  Paul Provost,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Britten Sinfonia Orchestra
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    Moonstruck - Songs Of Francis George Scott
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 96 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis George Scott
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Lisa Milne,  Iain Burnside
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