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Trystan Llŷr Griffiths

Tenor

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Artist Manager: Sioned Jones sioned.jones@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk


Trystan Llŷr Griffiths made his professional operatic début last year performing the role of Ferrando in Scottish Opera's autumn tour of Cosi fan tutte. He subsequently understudied the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore for Opera North before making his début with Welsh National Opera as Beppe in I Pagliacci in 2015/16. 

Trystan studied Opera Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff and completed his training at the National Opera Studio, London in 2015. This season he joins the International Opera Studio in Zurich where he will perform the role of Beppe in I Pagliacci alongside Robert Alagna (Canio). His effortless voice and natural charm makes him a popular choice with audiences. He is also one of the first recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation.

Welsh Tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths initially studied for a degree in Theatre, Music and Media at Trinity University College, Carmarthen. 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.

In 2012, Trystan was named the ‘Voice of Wales’ by Decca Records after 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 season performing the role of Ferrando in Scottish Opera's touring production of Cosi fan tutte and subsequently understudied the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore for Opera North. He recently made his company and role début for Welsh National Opera as Beppe in I Pagliacci.  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 FluteFerrando 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.

Trystan recently made his BBC Proms début in the Last Night of the Proms, singing Vaughan Williams' 'Serenade to Music', conducted by Sakari Oramo. This season, he joins the International Opera Studio in Zurich where his roles will include Beppe in I Pagliacci.

Trystan’s self-titled debut album was released on the SAIN label last year.


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DateRole, Production & Venue
28/09/2016Beppe in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
04/10/2016Beppe in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
09/10/2016Beppe in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
12/10/2016Beppe in Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
12/11/2016Soloist in a Fund Raising Concert for the Air Ambulance at Folly Farm, Begelly Kilgetty, Sa68 0XA
27/12/2016Lehrer in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
30/12/2016Lehrer in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
07/01/2017Lehrer in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
14/01/2017Lehrer in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
04/05/2017Gonzalve/ Wedgewood Teapot in L’Heure Espagnol/ L’Enfant et les Sortilèges for the Zürich International Opera Studio at Theater Winterthur, Zürich
06/05/2017Gonzalve/ Wedgewood Teapot in L’Heure Espagnol/ L’Enfant et les Sortilèges for the Zürich International Opera Studio at Theater Winterthur, Zürich
10/05/2017Gonzalve/ Wedgewood Teapot in L’Heure Espagnol/ L’Enfant et les Sortilèges for the Zürich International Opera Studio at Theater Winterthur, Zürich
12/05/2017Gonzalve/ Wedgewood Teapot in L’Heure Espagnol/ L’Enfant et les Sortilèges for the Zürich International Opera Studio at Theater Winterthur, Zürich
14/05/2017Gonzalve/ Wedgewood Teapot in L’Heure Espagnol/ L’Enfant et les Sortilèges for the Zürich International Opera Studio at Theater Winterthur, Zürich
07/06/2017Servo d'Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
11/06/2017Servo d'Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
14/06/2017Servo d'Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
17/06/2017Servo d'Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
20/06/2017Servo d'Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
24/06/2017Servo d'Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
04/07/20171st Brabantische Edle in Lohengrin for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
08/07/20171st Brabantische Edle in Lohengrin for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
12/07/20171st Brabantische Edle in Lohengrin for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
16/07/20171st Brabantische Edle in Lohengrin for Opernhaus Zürich at the Zürich Opera House
Bach Christmas Oratorio
Handel Messiah
Haydn Nicolai Mass
Mendelssohn Elijah
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Stainer Crucifixion
Bach
Christmas Oratorio
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
Nicolai Mass
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle
Stainer
Crucifixion
Britten The Rape of LucretiaMale Chorus
Donizetti L’Elisir d’AmoreNemorino (u)
Dove FlightBill
Leoncavallo I PagliacciBeppe
Mozart The Magic FluteTamino
Mozart Cosi fan tutteFerrando
Britten
The Rape of Lucretia
Male Chorus
Donizetti
L’Elisir d’Amore
Nemorino (u)
Dove
Flight
Bill
Leoncavallo
I Pagliacci
Beppe
Mozart
The Magic Flute
Tamino
Mozart
Cosi fan tutte
Ferrando

Opera

Pagliacci

Beppe in Pagliacci for Zurich Opera, September 2016
Seen and Heard International
Welsh newcomer Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, as Beppe, has an attractive light lyrical tenor.
Beppe in Pagliacci for Zurich Opera, September 2016
Oper Aktuell
Eine Entdeckung war auch der ausgesprochen sauber, kontrolliert und subtil geführte lyrische Tenor von Trystan Llŷr Griffiths als Beppe, der einzige besonnene Artist in Canios Komödiantentruppe, der vergeblich versucht, das fatale Drama zu verhindern.
Beppe in Pagliacci for Welsh National Opera, May 2016
Arts Scene in Wales
and as Beppe the young Trystan Llŷr Griffiths makes his mark as a likable young singer.
Beppe in Pagliacci for Welsh National Opera, May 2016
The Times
Trystan Llyr Griffiths was a tender-hearted Beppe.
Beppe in Pagliacci for Welsh National Opera, May 2016
The Arts Desk
Trystan Llŷr Griffiths a smart, noticeable Beppe.

Cosi fan tutte

Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte with Scottish Opera, September 2015
The Guardian
Trystan Llyr Griffiths (Ferrando) sings brightly and stylishly and roams the stage with all the right swagger.
Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte with Scottish Opera, September 2015
The Scotsman
Trystan Llyr Griffiths invests Ferrando's every gesture with meaning.

The Magic Flute

Tamino in The Magic Flute for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, March 2014
Theatre Wales
Trystan Griffiths is a secure, appealing lyrical tenor.
Tamino in The Magic Flute for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, March 2014
Opera Magazine
In that role, Trystan Griffiths’s pleasing tenor, promisingly robust but with a lovely expressiveness, was the sit-up-and-take-note voice of this cast.
Tamino in The Magic Flute for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, March 2014
The Western Mail
Trystan Griffiths as Tamino gave a committed performance, singing beautifully and giving a convincing performance as the hero prince.

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