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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: The First Nowell, Etc / Hickox, Et Al
Release Date: 10/03/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10385   Number of Discs: 1
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English Song Series 14 - Vaughan Williams: Songs Of Travel
Release Date: 10/18/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557643   Number of Discs: 1
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Vaughan Williams: Willow-wood, Etc / Lloyd-jones, Et Al
Release Date: 11/15/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557798   Number of Discs: 1
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English Song Series 18 - Ireland: Songs / Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570467   Number of Discs: 1
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Fuchs: Falling Man… / Williams, Falletta, LSO
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559753   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Beethoven: Lieder Und Gesange / Ann Murray, Roderick Williams, Iain Burnside
    Label: Signum Classics   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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  • 54.
    Britten: Billy Budd / Harding, Bostridge, Gunn
    Label: Erato   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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Bantock: Omar Khayyam / Handley, Wyn-Rogers
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    Moonstruck - Songs Of Francis George Scott
    Label: Signum Classics   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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  • 63.
    Severn & Some - Songs By Guerney, Etc / Williams, Allan
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 57 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ivor Gurney,  Herbert Howells,  John Sanders,  Ian Venables  ... 
    Performer:  Susie Allan,  Roderick Williams
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  • 64.
    Vaughan Williams: The First Nowell, Etc / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10385 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Sarah Fox,  Roderick Williams,  Joseph Cullen
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers
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  • 65.
    English Song Series 15 - Finzi: Earth And Air And Rain
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557963 Release Date: 08/15/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Iain Burnside,  Roderick Williams,  Robin Ashwell,  Cara Berridge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sacconi String Quartet
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  • 66.
    Elgar: The Apostles / Cooke, Philharmonia Orchestra, Et Al
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2017 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Robert Rice,  Andrew Staples,  Colin Campbell,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Cooke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Canterbury Choral Society,  Canterbury Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 67.
    Vaughan Williams: Willow-wood, Etc / Lloyd-jones, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557798 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 68.
    English Song Series 14 - Vaughan Williams: Songs Of Travel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557643 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside
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  • 69.
    English Song Series 12 - Finzi / Williams, Burnside
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557644 Release Date: 05/17/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside
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  • 70.
    Walton: Christopher Columbus / Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5034 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Jean Rigby,  Thomas Randle,  Roderick Williams,  Julian Glover  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  BBC National Chorus of Wales
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  • 71.
    Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss / Hickox, Bbc National
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5020 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Roderick Williams,  John Graham-Hall,  Mark Richardson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  Adrian Partington Singers
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  • 72.
    Rutter: Mass Of The Children / Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Simon Wall,  Karen Jones,  Joanne Lunn  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  Cantate Youth Chorus
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  • 73.
    Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No 6 & 8, Nocturne / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10103 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No 6 & 8, Nocturne / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5016 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Dyson: Quo Vadis / Hickox, Barker, Langridge, Rigby, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10061 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Dyson
    Performer:  Cheryl Barker,  Jean Rigby,  Philip Langridge,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  BBC National Chorus of Wales,  Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Chamber Choir
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