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 Bohème at the Scottish Opera. For the same companies he has also sung Marcello in La Bohème, 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 Così 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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  • 76.
    Shakespeare at Covent Garden / Musicians of the Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456506 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Bishop
    Performer:  Joanne Lunn,  Rachel Elliott,  Mark Tucker,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 77.
    Nutmeg & Ginger / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456507 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anonymous,  George Mason,  William Wigthorpe  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman,  Tom Finucane,  Gary Cooper,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 78.
    The Enchanted Island / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456505 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Locke,  Pelham Humphrey,  Henry Purcell,  John Weldon  ... 
    Performer:  Libby Crabtree,  Rachel Elliott,  Paul Agnew,  Nicki Kennedy  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 79.
    Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's Progress / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Donaldson Bell,  Richard Coxon  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Verdi: Don Carlo / Haitink, Hvorostovsky, Scandiuzzi, Gorchakova
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454463 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Galina Gorchakova,  Olga Borodina  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 81.
    The Caged Byrd / I Fagiolini, Concordia, Sophie Yates
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 609 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Philippe de Monte
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Matthew Brook,  Robin Blaze,  Anna Crookes  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Hollingworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini,  Concordia
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  • 82.
    Shakespeare's Musick / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446687 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Johnson,  William Byrd,  Thomas Morley,  Richard Alison  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman,  Joanne Lunn,  Gary Cooper,  Rosalind Waters  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 83.
    Martin: In Terra Pax, The Four Elements / Bamert, London Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9465 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Judith Howarth,  Della Jones,  Martyn Hill,  Stephen Roberts  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus
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  • 84.
    Britten: Peter Grimes / Richard Hickox, Philip Langridge
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9447 Release Date: 04/23/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Alan Opie,  Ameral Gunson,  John Graham-Hall  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 85.
    The Early Byrd Vol 1 / I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Sophie Yates
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 578 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Performer:  Carys-Anne Lane,  Hugh Wilson,  Richard Roberts,  Robin Blaze  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini,  Fretwork
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