Jeremy Huw Williams - baritone

The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John's College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) since when he has appeared in more than forty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries.

His operatic roles include Escamillo (Carmen), Germont (La Traviata) and Marcello (La Boheme) for WNO; Olivier (Capriccio), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), George (Floyd's Of Mice and Men), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Shchelkalov (Boris Godunov) and title role Karetnikov’s Till Eulenspiegel for L'Opéra de Nantes; Serezha (The Electrification of the Soviet Union), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Choregos (Punch and Judy) for Music Theatre Wales; Teddy (The Silver Tassie) for Opera Ireland; the Mayor (Sirius on Earth) for the Almeida Opera; and Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) with the CBSO.

He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and at many major music festivals. He has appeared with the BBC NOW in Tippett’s King Priam at the Royal Festival Hall, the CBSO in Lambert’s Summer’s Last Will and Testament at Symphony Hall, the Halle in Handel’s Messiah at the Bridgewater Hall, the Philharmonia in Mozart’s Requiem at St David’s Hall, the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Nielsen’s Third Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms, the RLPO in Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Philharmonic Hall, the BBC Philharmonic in Schubert’s Mass in Ab, the RPO in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the LPO in Watson’s O! Captain, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Mathias’s This Worlde’s Joie at the Three Choirs Festival, the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in Dvorak's Requiem, the Orchestre National de Lyon at the Auditorium de Lyon in Benjamin's Sometime Voices, the BBC Concert Orchestra at Southwark Cathedral in Stainer’s Crucifixion for BBC Radio 2, and the l’Orchestre Léonard de Vinci in Brahms’s Requiem at the opera house in Rouen.

He is renowned as a fine exponent of contemporary music, having commissioned much new music and given premieres of works by Alun Hoddinott, William Mathias, John Tavener, Martin Butler, John Metcalf, Julian Phillips, Edward Dudley Hughes, Ian Wilson, Richard Causton, Edward Rushton and Huw Watkins. He has frequently recorded for BBC Radio 3 (in recital, and with the BBC NOW, CBSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic), and has made many commercial recordings, including seven solo discs of songs. He recently appeared as Sebastian in The Tempest (Thomas Ades) for L’Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg and Mulhouse, and Mangus in The Knot Garden for Music Theatre Wales, both co-productions with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His roles for 2005/06 include the Ferryman in Curlew River at the opera houses of Trento and Pisa, and Kovalyov in The Nose with The Opera Group. Future operatic plans include the role of the Astrologer in The Burning Fiery Furnace and the Elder Son in The Prodigal Son in Trento.

In November 2004 he sang Rocco in Fidelio with Welsh National Opera at the opening night of the Wales Millennium Centre, Wales’s brand new opera house, and received the inaugural Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Welsh Music Guild, given annually to a person or persons who have made a significant contribution to Welsh music in any one year or recent years: "there has been an unanimous decision that the first award should be made to baritone Jeremy Huw Williams in recognition of not only his performing ability but also for the tremendous support that he has given to Welsh composers and their music in recent years".