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Vocal alumnus' career soars

Fri 6 Apr 2018

Soprano Nardus Williams is now represented by award-winning artist management agency Intermusica and will join Houston Grand Opera Studio as an artist for 2018-19.

The first ever singer to win Trinity Laban’s Gold Medal competition, vocal graduate Nardus Williams is continuing to go from strength to strength.

Following her graduation from Trinity Laban’s BMus(hons) programme in 2014, Williams has been a finalist in the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, won First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2016 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, debuted the role of Maggie/Marjana in the world premiere of Lewis Murphy Belongings for Glyndebourne Opera (2017), and performed as Donna Elvira in Opera Holland Park’s Don Giovanni (2017).

The soprano is also semi-finalist in this year’s Kathleen Ferrier competition, which takes place at Wigmore Hall Wednesday 25 April.

In recognition of her burgeoning success, Williams has been signed by the internationally-renowned classical music agency Intermusica, and joins their star-studded roster alongside artists such as Dame Felicity Palmer and Sir Willard White.

As well as securing representation, Williams has been appointed to Houston Grand Opera’s (HGO) world-respected Young Artist development programme, which is designed to bridge the gap between full-time training and a fully-fledged operatic career. Alumni of the studio include operatic icon Joyce DiDonato as well as Scott Hendricks and Ana María Martínez.

As an HGO Studio Artist the young soprano will receive customised training and gain invaluable performance experience, including performing the role of Mimi in HGO’s main-stage production of  Puccini’s La bohème.

On this next step in her operatic career Williams comments –

"It’s a real honour to be selected as a studio artist at Houston Grand Opera for next year. I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity, and look forward to singing there enormously. I’m currently in my last year of study at the Royal College of Music and looking back, I can honestly say that my undergraduate at Trinity Laban provided me with a wonderful foundation on which to build; through the supportive atmosphere and the inspiring tuition.”

Currently, Williams is covering the role of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera. Before heading to Houston in September she will be at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as a Jerwood Young Artist, performing the role of Milliner in Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier.

For more information about the HGO studio, visit the Houston Grand Opera website.

To book tickets to 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, visit the Wigmore Hall website.

To find out more about studying voice at Trinity Laban, visit our vocal pages.