Brought up at Tremadog in Gwynedd, Rhys Meirion graduated as a Bachelor of Education from Trinity College, Carmarthen and worked as head-teacher at Ysgol Pentrecelyn, Rhuthun. All this before he began his training as a professional singer. From 1997 to 1999 he was a member of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and pursued studies with Gerald Moore.
In 1999, Rhys joined the English National Opera, Jerwood Young Singers Programme and subsequently was a Company Principal from 2001 – 2004. His roles included Rodolfo La Boheme, Alfredo La Traviata, Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore, Nadir The Pearl Fishers, Marcello in Leoncavallo’s La Boheme, Duke Rigoletto, Tebaldo Capuletti e Montecchi, Tamino The Magic Flute, title role in Ernani, Sailor Tristan und Isolde, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi, Italian Singer Der Rosenkavalier, Froh Das Rheingold, and Zinovy Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk.
In 2002 Rhys made his Australian debut as Rodolfo La Boheme for West Australian Opera, and his European debut as Rodolfo for Städtische Bühnen, Frankfurt-am-Main. In 2004 he sang the title role in Gounod’s Faust with the Hong Kong Opera Society.
Concert highlights include his BBC Prom debut at the opening night of the 2001 BBC Proms, televised on BBC 2, gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London with Bryn Terfel, Desert Island Discs Anniversary Concert at Royal Festival Hall, London, live BBC recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Richard Hickox, and the Verdi Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Rhys has appeared at the Henley Festival, Cheltenham Festival, North Wales Festival, Swansea Festival and in concerts in Barbados, Toronto, Ottawa and Florida.
Rhys has released three successful solo CD recordings with SAIN Records, and one on the Australian label, Stanza AV. His duet album with close friend Bryn Terfel, with Catrin Finch on the harp and Annette Bryn Parry on the piano, is one of SAIN’s best selling recordings. He is also a member of “The Welsh Three Tenors” who will star in the opening concert of the 2011 National Eisteddfod at Wrexham, to coincide with the release of their debut album.
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