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Gweneth Ann Rand

Soprano


Gweneth Ann Rand trained at the University of Exeter, Goldsmith's College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. During her training she received the Maggie Teyte, Ian Fleming and Sybil Tutton Awards. She was a Vilar Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in 2001 represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Highlights in recent seasons include the title role in Aida for English National Opera and Opera Holland Park; acclaimed performances of 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Opera House at the Lyric Hammersmith; Sibelius Luonnotar for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Stefan Asbury; Crazy for Gershwin for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Festival Hall; and Porgy and Bess with Sir Willard White and the Bath Philharmonia.

Operatic engagements include Aida (Theater Bremen, Oper Kiel, Finnish National Opera, Macedonian Opera, Opera Poznań and Oldenburgisches Staatstheater); Senta Der fliegende Holländer (for London Lyric Opera at London's Barbican Hall); Leonora La forza del destino (Oper Köln and Chelsea Opera Group); Leonora Il trovatore (Welsh National Opera); Amelia in Un ballo in maschera and Margherita/Helena in Boito’s Mefistofele (Theater Erfurt); Tosca (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos); Gutrune Götterdämmerung (BBC Proms under Donald Runnicles); the title roles in La Gioconda and La Wally, and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana (all for Opera Holland Park); various roles in the premiere production of Under Milk Wood: an Opera by John Metcalf (Taliesin Art Centre); Bess Porgy and Bess (Basel Chamber Orchestra and Macedonian Philharmonic); Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos (Orchestre de Picardie); and appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Elektra, Daphne and The Cunning Little Vixen.

Her varied concert and recital engagements include Schoenberg Gurrelieder (Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria in Mexico under Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Markus Stenz); Tippett A Child of Our Time (NDR Hannover, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Göteborgs Symfoniker under Robin Ticciati); Mahler Das klagende Lied (BBC Proms); the European premiere of Elliott Carter Of Rewaking and Vaughan Williams Third Symphony (both with the CBSO); Verdi Requiem (Truro Cathedral, King’s College Chapel and York Minster); Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem and Strauss Vier letzte Lieder (Canterbury Cathedral); Poulenc Gloria (Three Choirs Festival); Zemlinsky Der Konig Kaudales in Gran Canaria; Dvořák Stabat Mater in Madrid; and Britten War Requiem in Warsaw.

Gweneth Ann is widely known for her acclaimed interpretations of Messiaen’s song cycles Harawi (Cheltenham Festival & Wigmore Hall) and Poèmes pour Mi (Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra all under Jun Märkl). She also performed Harawi as part of the Southbank Centre's composer centenary celebrations From the Canyons to the Stars and at the BBC Proms in 2008.

Her recordings include Mélodies Passagères, The Songs of Samuel Barber (Quartz Music); Janáček The Eternal Gospel with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion); Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi (Sanctuary Classics); and John Metcalf’s Under Milk Wood (Ty Cerrd).

In the current season Gweneth Ann performs Serena in English National Opera’s lavish new production of Porgy and Bess, Mother Hansel and Gretel for ENO at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and the US premiere of 4.48 Psychosis at the Prototype Festival in New York.