Baritone Roderick Williams performs a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform, and is in demand as a recitalist worldwide. He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and has sung in World Premieres of operas by David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa, Robert Saxton, and Alexander Knaifel. His recent and upcoming engagements include the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Garsington, the title role in Britten’s Billy Budd with Opera North, Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and productions with Dallas Opera and English National Opera.
Mr. Williams sings regularly with all the major UK orchestras, including the BBC orchestras, all as well as the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestra dell’Accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and Bach Collegium Japan, among others. His many festival appearances include the BBC Proms (including the Last Night in 2014), Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, Aldeburgh, and Melbourne.
Roderick Williams has an extensive discography. Also a composer, his works have been premiered at London’s Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room, and live on national radio. In December 2016 he won the prize for best choral composition at the British Composer Awards.
In 2015 he began a three-year odyssey of the Schubert song cycles, culminating in performances at Wigmore Hall in the 2017–18 season; he is now in the process of recording them for the Chandos label.
Mr. Williams was artistic director of Leeds Lieder in April 2016, and won the RPS Singer of the Year award in May 2016. He was awarded an OBE in June 2017.