Gwilym Bowen

Gwilym Bowen

Acclaimed for the clarity and beauty of his singing and dynamic stage presence, British tenor Gwilym Bowen regularly performs internationally with orchestras and ensembles of the highest calibre. Recent highlights include Bach in the San Francisco Bay Area with Philharmonia Baroque; a role debut as Flute in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream for Opéra de Lille; a return to BBC National Orchestra of Wales as Evangelist for Bach's St. Matthew Passion; debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Norske Blåseensemble; and performances with Concerto Copenhagen and the Academy of Ancient Music. He last appeared with Music of the Baroque in April 2023.

With repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, with a specialist interest in Bach, Monteverdi, and Handel, Gwilym Bowen's operatic highlights include Damon in Acis and Galatea and multiple roles in both L’incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d’Ulisse with Academy of Ancient Music; Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Giove / Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for The Grange Festival; Father in Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe with The Mozartists; Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea for Angers Nantes Opéra; and Sylph in Zaïs with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Past concert engagements include the Mass in B Minor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Christmas Oratorio across Australia with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Evangelist in the St. John Passion with John Butt and BBC National Orchestra of Wales; the St. Matthew Passion for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging; Bach Cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki at Lincoln Center; Messiah with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Hanover Band, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and West Australian Symphony Orchestra; Monteverdi and Schütz with the Dunedin Consort; Das Lied von der Erde with the City of London Sinfonia; and Ernst Wilhelm Wolf's Passionsoratorium with Die Kölner Akademie.

Gwilym Bowen's recordings include the Mass in B Minor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Hyperion); St. John Passion with De Nederlandse Bachvereniging (All of Bach); Brockes Passion with Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) and Concerto Copenhagen (cpo); and the world premiere recording of Dussek's Messe solemnelle (AAM).

Gwilym Bowen returns to Music of the Baroque for Bach's Christmas Oratorio on November 24 and 25.