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
Fuchs: Falling Man… / Williams, Falletta, LSO
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559753   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    Bainton: Symphony No 3;  Boughton / Handley, Et Al
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7185 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edgar Bainton,  Rutland Boughton
    Performer:  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    British Orchestral Collection / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8502502 Release Date: 11/15/2006   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Bruce Montgomery,  Michael Hurd,  Haydn Wood  ... 
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside,  Graham Johnson,  John Metcalfe  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  David Lloyd-Jones,  Michael Tippett,  Adrian Leaper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Duke String Quartet,  Royal Ballet Sinfonia  ... 
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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Lennox Berkeley: Ruth / Hickox, Rigby, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10301 Release Date: 05/24/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lennox Berkeley
    Performer:  Richard Hickox,  Jean Rigby,  Mark Tucker,  Claire Rutter  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    Bridge: Orchestral Works Vol 5 - Suite, Etc / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10246 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 63.
    Berkeley: A Dinner Engagement / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10219 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lennox Berkeley
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Yvonne Kenny,  Claire Rutter,  Jean Rigby  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss / Hickox, Bbc National
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10120 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Emer McGilloway,  John Graham-Hall,  Mark Richardson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  Adrian Partington Singers
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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Britten: Albert Herring / Hickox, Gilchrist, Stephen, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10036 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Gregory Monk,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  James Gilchrist,  Susan Bullock  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 71.
    Turnbull: Songs & Part-songs / Argenta, Bowman, Williams
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 20 Release Date: 11/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Turnbull
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Roderick Williams,  Robin Bowman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers
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  • 72.
    Vaughan Williams: Sir John In Love / Hickox, Varcoe, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9928 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  Susan Gritton,  Henry Moss,  Stephan Loges  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Sinfonia Chorus
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  • 73.
    Prokofiev: War & Peace / Hickox, Williams, Ognev, Spoleto Festival Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9855 Release Date: 08/22/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Stephen Dupont,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Justin Lavender,  Elena Ionova  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spoleto Festival Orchestra,  Russian State Symphony Cappella
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  • 74.
    Britten: Billy Budd / Hickox, Langridge, Keenlyslide, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9826 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Clive Bayley,  Richard Coxon,  Timothy Du Fore,  Christopher Keyte  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus
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  • 75.
    Schütz: Christmas Vespers / Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463046 Release Date: 08/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Martin Luther,  Samuel Scheidt,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Charles Pott,  Kristian Olesen,  Simon Grant,  Susan Hemington Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Roskilde Cathedral Choir,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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