Baritone Roderick Williams is in demand in the opera house, on the concert stage, and in the recital hall. He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and is particularly associated with Mozart’s music. He has also sung world premieres of operas by David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa, Robert Saxton, and Alexander Knaifel, among others. Roderick Williams returns after his Music of the Baroque debut in October 2013.
Recent engagements include Oronte in Charpentier’s Medée, Toby Kramer in Van der Aa’s Sunken Garden and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte for English National Opera, Van der Aa’s After Life at Melbourne State Theatre, a concert performance of Ned Keene in Peter Grimes with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, as well as concert performances with many of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles.
As a recital artist, Roderick Williams has performed at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, LSO St. Luke’s, Perth Concert Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival, Howard Assembly Room, the Musikverein, and on BBC Radio 3, where he has appeared on Iain Burnside’s Voices program
On the concert stage, Roderick Williams has performed with all the BBC orchestras and many other ensembles, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, Le Concert Spirituel, Rias Kammerchor, and Bach Collegium Japan. His many festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, and Melbourne.
Roderick Williams’s numerous recordings include operas of Vaughan Williams, Berkeley, and Britten for Chandos, Verdi’s Don Carlos (conducted by Bernard Haitink) for Philips, and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos. Roderick Williams is also a composer whose music has premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room, and live on national radio.