Hailed as ‘one to listen out for’ (The Guardian), Soprano Nardus Williams is establishing herself as one of the most exciting British singers of her generation. A current English National Opera Harewood Artist, upcoming highlights of the 2021/22 season include her much anticipated return to the Glyndebourne tour as Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress, her house debut as Mimi La Boheme for Opera Vlaanderen, and Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for English National Opera.
Recent highlights for Williams include Countess Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Holland Park, Mimi La Boheme for English National Opera's Drive & Live series, Ciboulette In The Market for Love for the Glyndebourne Tour, the world premiere of Dido's Ghost a co-commission with the Dunedin Consort, Mahogany Opera & The Barbican, Micaëla Carmen at English National Opera, Mimi La boheme and Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Houston Grand Opera, Armida Rinaldo (cover) and Adina L'elisir d'amore (cover) at Glyndbourne Festival Opera, 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, Mimi La boheme and Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Houston Grand Opera and Fox in Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen at the Royal College of Music. Williams was also invited to perform with Welsh National Opera and Nevill Holt Opera.
On the concert and recital platform, recent and upcoming highlights include recitals for Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, her BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Ben Glassberg, and Handel’s Messiah at King’s Place and English National Opera.
Williams was a member of the Houston Opera Studio for the 2018/19 season and is a former Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne. 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.
For Mahogany Opera: Dido's Ghost.
Photo credit: Bertie Watson.