Praised for her ‘superbly controlled, sensuous soprano’ (Opera Today), British soprano Nardus Williams was a member of the Houston Opera Studio for the 2018/19 season and is a former Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne and Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar at the Royal College of Music. Highlights of the 2019/20 season include her role and house debut as Micaëla in Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen at English National Opera, where Williams is a Harewood Artist.
Recent highlights for Williams include Mimi La boheme and Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Houston Grand Opera, Armida Rinaldo (cover) at Glyndbourne, Governess The Turn of the Screw for Garsington Opera (cover), 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 Opera Holland Park 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.
Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
Governess The Turn of the Screw*
Fox The Cunning Little Vixen
Fiordiligi Così fan tutte*
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Donna Anna Don Giovanni*
Countess Le Nozze di Figaro*
Waswa The Last King of Scotland
Dido Dido and Aeneas
Mimí La bohème*
Magda La Rondine
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.
[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.