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Nardus Williams

Soprano

  • A former Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne and Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar at the Royal College of Music, British soprano Nardus Williams joins the Houston Grand Opera Studio for the 2018/19 season where roles include Mimí La bohème and Donna Anna Don Giovanni.

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  • Praised for her ‘superbly controlled, sensuous soprano’ (Opera Today), recent highlights for Williams include the role of Milliner in Strauss Der Rosenkavalier in a production directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Robin Ticciati at Glyndebourne, the role of Martha in a new commission Wake by Giorgio Battistelli for Birmingham Opera Company directed by Graham Vick, and Countess (cover) The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera. Further roles have included Maggie/Marjana in the world premiere of Lewis Murphy Belongings for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for Holland Park Opera and Fox in Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen at the Royal College of Music. Recent concert highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square, and Handel Messiah at King’s Place.


    Williams trained at the International Opera School at the Royal College of Music where she was the sole recipient of the prestigious Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship. Other awards and prizes include the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards First Prize and Audience Prize (2016); Williams was also a finalist in the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

    2018/19 season. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Opera roles

Giorgio Battistelli
Martha Wake


Britten
Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
Governess The Turn of the Screw*


Handel
Armida Rinaldo
Nitocris Belshazzar


Janáček
Fox The Cunning Little Vixen


Mozart
Fiordiligi Così fan tutte*
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Donna Anna Don Giovanni*
Countess Le Nozze di Figaro*


Stephen McNeff
Waswa The Last King of Scotland


Lewis Murphy
Maggie/Marjana Belongings


Purcell
Dido Dido and Aeneas


Puccini
Mimí La bohème*
Magda La Rondine


R. Strauss
Milliner Der Rosenkavalier

Just as impressive was Nardus Williams as Donna Elvira. She has a rich creamy, elegant voice and seemed to be singing Donna Elvira fully formed…. this was indeed a very complete and ultimately moving performance.

Planet Hugill

[Williams] presented a challenging programme which gave ample opportunity for us to appreciate her superbly controlled, sensuous soprano which has sheen and shimmer as well as real focus of tone.

Opera Today

Intermusica represents Nardus Williams worldwide.

Eleanor Freedman
Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9907
efreedman@intermusica.co.uk

Phillippa Scammell
Assistant to Director / Head of Vocal & Opera, Intermusica
+44 20 7608 9945
pscammell@intermusica.co.uk

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Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles