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Williams, Roderick (baritone)
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Roderick Williams (baritone)

Roderick Williams is one of the most sought-after baritones of his generation. He performs a wide repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, and is in equal demand worldwide at the opera house, on the concert platform and as a recitalist.

He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and has performed roles in premieres by David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michel van der Aa, Robert Saxton and Alexander Knaifel. Recent engagements include the title roles in Eugene Onegin (Garsington) and Billy Budd (Opera North), Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (Covent Garden), and productions with Oper Köln, English National Opera and Dutch National Opera.

Roderick sings regularly with all the BBC and major UK orchestras, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and Bach Collegium Japan. Among his many festival appearances are the BBC Proms (including the Last Night in 2014), and Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, Aldeburgh and Melbourne festivals.

Roderick has an extensive discography. As a composer he has had works premiered at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and the Purcell Room, as well as live on national radio. In 2016 he won the Best Choral Composition prize at the British Composer Awards, and in 2022 was appointed as Composer in Association of the BBC Singers.

He recently completed a three-year odyssey of the Schubert song cycles, culminating in performances at Wigmore Hall; he subsequently recorded the works for Chandos.

He served as Artistic Director of Leeds Lieder in 2016, Artist in Residence for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for two seasons in 2020/21, and won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the Year Award in 2016. He was awarded an OBE in 2017.


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