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Gareth Dafydd studied at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.
Gareth is contracted to Welsh National Opera. Recent roles include Karatayev and Konivitsyn in War and Peace, Cherevin and off stage voice in From the House of the Dead, Streshnev in Khovanshchina, Faninal’s Major Domo in Der Rosenkavalier, Kaherdin in Le Vin Herbe and covers include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Kuzka in Khovanshchina, Giuseppe in La Traviata, Benoit La Boheme, King Mark in Le Vin Herbe, German Soldier and Private Watcyn in the world premiere of In Parenthesis and Malcolm in Macbeth.
Roles elsewhere include Faust in Boito's Mefistofele and title role Roberto Devereux for Opera Valladolid, Triquet Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park, Borsa Rigoletto, Bardolfo Falstaff and 1st Servant Capriccio all for Grange Park Opera, Rodolfo La Bohème and Cavaradossi Tosca for OperaUpClose, Jenik The Bartered Bride for Kentish Opera, Alfred Die Fledermaus and Camille The Merry Widow for Opera della Luna.
Gareth performs internationally in concert and oratorio and has broadcast as a soloist with BBC NOW and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. Recent venues include Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, St David's Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Gareth was runner up in the Wagner Society's Singing Competition in November 2015 and won the President's Award, given by Dame Gwyneth Jones.
I have taught for over 10 years.
Whilst studying for my degree, I taught in the Junior Music department at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, teaching Theory, Performance Practice and Singing. Since then, I have given lessons to children, amateurs and professionals alike.
Previous teaching work in schools include Shrewsbury School; More House School, Knightsbridge, Valley Park School, Maidstone and Wallington High School for Girls.
The first, and most important thing about music is that it should be enjoyable. That includes listening, watching and performing.
Lessons with me are fun and relaxed, mixed with determination to succeed and improve.
Breathing well is the fundamental way to improve technique as the vast majority of people who sing, one, breathe incorrectly, and two, not deep enough. This is the solid foundation that support is built from. Various exercises encourage this development of good breathing, which will, in turn allow greater vocal range.
Lessons will mainly focus on technique, followed by performance, typically a 60/40 split.
I am more than happy to prepare students for ABRSM exams, but this is not a necessity. If you are requiring lessons just for enjoyment, that's fine too!
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Additional Languages: French, German, Italian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal Academy of Music (2007) - Royal Academy of Music (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2005) - BMus(Hons) Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Sackville School (2001) - A Level Music and ABRSM Grade 8 singing (School) (✘ Not On File)
- Sackville School (1999) - GCSE Music (School) (✘ Not On File)
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