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Nardus Williams

Soprano

  • Winner of the Rising Talent award at the 2022 International Opera Awards, Nardus Williams has established herself as one of the most exciting and versatile young British singers of her generation. Highlights of the 2023/24 season include a return to Opéra de Rouen Normandie for concert performances of Donna Anna Don Giovanni, a return to the role of Belinda in Errollyn Wallen Dido’s Ghost with Philharmonia Baroque, her Berlin Philharmonie debut with Academy of Ancient Music, a world premiere of George Lewis’ The Comet / Poppea playing the role of Poppea, a return to the London Handel Festival singing the title role in Handel Esther, Bach St Matthew Passion with The Bach Choir, Handel Brockes Passion with the English Concert, Fauré Requiem with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, tours with Dunedin Consort, Europa Galante and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, a return to the Wigmore Hall and her debut album of Handel's Italian Cantatas for Linn Records, with the Dunedin Consort.

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  • Last season Williams made her house debut as Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Countess Le nozze di Figaro on the Glyndebourne tour and returned to the Glyndebourne festival as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. On the concert stage, Nardus returned to the Wigmore Hall, continued her fond collaboration with the Dunedin Consort performing programmes of Handel and Bach, Tippett A Child of Our Time with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Mozart C minor Mass at the BBC Proms with the Dunedin Consort.


    Recent highlights Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress for the Glyndebourne Tour, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for English National Opera, Countess Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Holland Park, Ciboulette In the Market for Love for the Glyndebourne Tour, the world premiere of Dido's Ghost - a co-commission with the Dunedin Consort, Mahogany Opera & The Barbican, Micaëla Carmen at English National Opera, Mimi La boheme and Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Houston Grand Opera.


    On the concert and recital platform, recent recital highlights include Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, her BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, returning with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and La Nuova Musica, and Handel’s Messiah at King’s Place and English National Opera.


    Nardus was a member of the Houston Opera Studio for the 2018/19 season and is a former Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne and a former Harewood Artist with the English National Opera. Williams trained at the International Opera School at the Royal College of Music where she was the sole recipient of the prestigious Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship. 

    2023/24 season / 383 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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Opera Repertoire

Giorgio Battistelli
Martha Wake


Bizet
Micaëla Carmen


Britten
Ellen Orford Peter Grimes
Governess The Turn of the Screw
Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Charpentier
Title Role Louise


Donizetti
Adina L'elisir d'amore


Handel
Angel/Mary Magdalene La resurrezione
Armida Rinaldo
Cleopatra Giulio Cesare
Ginevra Ariodante
Nitocris Belshazzar
Title Role Alcina
Title Role Rodelinda


Janáček
Fox The Cunning Little Vixen

Monteverdi
La Musica Orfeo
Poppea L'incoronazione di Poppea


Mozart
Fiordiligi Così fan tutte
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Donna Anna/Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Countess Le Nozze di Figaro


Purcell
Belinda/Dido Dido and Aeneas


Puccini
Liù Turandot 
Magda La Rondine
Mimí/Musetta La bohème


Stravinsky
Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress

Concert Repertoire

Bach
B Minor Mass
Magnificat
St Matthew Passion

Beethoven
Symphony No.9


Britten
Les Illuminations


Faure
Requiem


Handel
Alexander’s Feast
Messiah
Angelica Orlando
Iphis Jeptha
Merab Saul
Title role Theodora

Haydn
The Creation
Nelson Mass


Mahler
Symphony No.4


Mozart
C Minor Mass
Requiem

Pergolesi
Stabat Mater


Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music


Vivaldi
Vagaus Juditha triumphans

The vengeful Armida could be heard – faintly at first in the heights of the church, then swooping down, voice blazing. Nardus Williams was the soloist here, and she just gets better and better.

The Spectator, March 2023

Nardus Williams, a soprano with a growing reputation and boundless appeal, returned as the Countess, with requisite dignity, grace and fire.

The Guardian, October 2022

The cut-through moments come from Williams, who sings her two arias with a knockout combination of melting vulnerability and lustrous ardour. In the sort of show that will gather pep as the run continues, she is already fully launched.

The Times, June 2021

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Natasha Worsley
Senior Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 (0) 7870 979 794
nworsley@intermusica.com

Isabelle Morgan
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9947
imorgan@intermusica.com

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Harpsichord

Richard Egarr

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles

Saxophone

Jess Gillam

Contralto

Avery Amereau