Welsh Tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths studied initially at Trinity University College, Carmarthen for a degree in Theatre, Music and Media. He subsequently completed a Master of Arts Vocal degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London and most recently a postgraduate course in Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, where he was taught by Adrian Thompson and Ingrid Surgenor. Trystan recently completed his training at the National Opera Studio in London, where his studies were generously supported by Welsh National Opera.
Trystan was named the ‘Voice of Wales’ in 2012 by Decca Records from a search of over 600 singers in a series televised by S4C. He is also one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation. Other prizes and awards include the 2014 Ian Stoutzker Prize, which is awarded annually for the most outstanding musician at RWCMD; 2014 Bruce Millar Gulliver Singing Prize, 2013 RWCMD HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship, The 2013 Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year Prize, The 2012 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year award, The 2012 Sybil Tutton Award and the 2011 W. Towyn Roberts scholarship at the National Eisteddfod. At the 2009 National Eisteddfod he won the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize, the London Male Voice Choir Scholarship and the David Lloyd and Jean Skidmore Scholarship for the most promising tenor at the Eisteddfod.
Trystan made his professional operatic début last year performing the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte for Scottish Opera’s small scale autumn tour. Earlier this year he understudied the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore for Opera North. Other roles include Carlos in a recording of Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder for Opera Rara and during summer 2015 he received a scholarship to attend the Mozart Residency at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Trystan’s operatic roles at the RWCMD include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Bill in Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
Concert highlights include a concert at the Hay on Wye Festival with Bryn Terfel, a performance at the ‘Brynfest’ at the Southbank Centre in London, the roles of Shepherd and Melot in a concert performance of Act 3 Tristan und Isolde with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko and recitals at St Martin in the Fields and the Cardiff Music Festival.
Engagements this season include his company and role début for Welsh National Opera as Beppe in I Pagliacci. Next season, Trystan will join the International Opera Studio in Zurich where his roles will also include Beppe in I Pagliacci. He will also make his BBC Proms debut in the Last Night of Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music conducted by Sakari Oramo.
Trystan’s self-titled debut album was recently released on the SAIN label.
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