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. Upcoming highlights of the 2023/24 season include a debut at Boston Lyric Opera as Leontine Anonymous Lover, a return to Opéra de Rouen Normandie for concert performances of Donna Anna Don Giovanni, a return to the role of Belinda in Errolyn Wallen Dido’s Ghost with Philharmonia Baroque, performances of Fauré Requiem with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, tours with the Dunedin Consort, Europa Galante and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, and a return to the Wigmore Hall.
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 under the baton of Ben Glassberg, 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.
Ellen Orford Peter Grimes
Governess The Turn of the Screw
Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Title Role Louise
Adina L'elisir d'amore
Angel/Mary Magdalene La resurrezione
Cleopatra Giulio Cesare
Title Role Alcina
Title Role Rodelinda
Fox The Cunning Little Vixen
La Musica Orfeo
Poppea L'incoronazione di Poppea
Fiordiligi Così fan tutte
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Donna Anna/Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Countess Le Nozze di Figaro
Belinda/Dido Dido and Aeneas
Magda La Rondine
Mimí/Musetta La bohème
Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress
B Minor Mass
St Matthew Passion
Title role Theodora
C Minor Mass
Serenade to Music
Vagaus Juditha triumphans
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.
Nardus Williams, a soprano with a growing reputation and boundless appeal, returned as the Countess, with requisite dignity, grace and fire.
[Williams] presented a challenging programme which gave ample opportunity for us to appreciate her superbly controlled, sensuous soprano which has sheen and shimmer as well as real focus of tone.