Supported by his daughter Elan and special guests
Saturday 13th November
Welsh Church of Central London 3:00pm
More info about Rhys Meirion
Welsh tenor, Rhys Meirion, has enjoyed international success in opera and recording and national success in broadcasting.
After two years on the Opera Course at The Guild Hall of Music and Drama in London, he joined the English National Opera Jerwood Young Singers Programme and was subsequently a Company Principal before becoming a freelance performer.
His roles include Rodolfo in La Boheme, Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly, Alfredo in La Traviata, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, Marcello in Leoncavallo’s La Boheme, Duke in Rigoletto, Tebaldo in Capuletti e Montecchi, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ernani, Sailor in Tristan und Isolde, Faust, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Froh in Das Rheingold, Zinovy in Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk and more.
Concert highlights include The Karl Jenkins 70th Birthday Celebrations Concert at The Carnegie Hall New York, a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Bryn Terfel, his BBC Prom debut at the opening night of the BBC Proms (televised on BBC 2), Desert Island Discs Anniversary Concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall, a live BBC recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Richard Hickox, and Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall .
Rhys Meirion has an extensive catalogue of recording work, including a duet album with Bryn Terfel (‘Benedictus on the SAIN label’) which was nominated for a Classical Brit Award. He has also released two albums for the Australian label Stanza AV (‘Bluebird of Happiness and Awesome Wonder’), and four solo CD recordings for the SAIN label, the most recent being Llefarodd yr Haul. He has also released two albums with The Three Welsh Tenors.
Rhys Meirion was a regular presenter on the television programme Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol for S4C and had his own radio show on Sunday mornings on BBC Radio Cymru. He has also performed on BBC’s Songs of Praise on numerous occasions. He had two hugely successful series of “Deuawdau Rhys Meirion” (Rhys Meirion’s Duets) on Welsh TV Channel S4C in 2016 and 2017 and is presenting a new series called “Dewch am Dro” on BBC Radio Cymru. He has been an adjudicator for the Bryn Terfel Scholarship as well as many competitions in the Urdd and National Eisteddfods.
Throughout 2017 and 2018 Rhys has been, and will be, very busy performing at an array of concerts nationally and internationally, and making numerous TV and Radio appearances.
His Charity work has included three 200 mile walks to support the Wales Air Ambulance for whom he is an Ambassador www.facebook.com/cerddwnymlaen.walkon and a Lap of Wales Challenge for Organ Donation Awarness and Elen’s Fund www.facebook.com/cronfaelen’sfund
His autobiography for Welsh Publishers Y Lolfa was published in November 2014 and became the No 1 Bestselling book in Wales.