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He was born in Blaenau Gwent (Wales, United Kingdom) in 1943. He has a great international reputation as a leading operatic tenor due to his long and distinguished career, which has afforded him a vast experience in all aspects of concert, lieder and operatic repertoire.
In 1969, Sir Georg Solti engaged him for his Covent Garden debut as Hylas in Berlioz’s “The Trojans” conducted by Sir Colin Davis. His first major role was Don Ottavio in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in 1970. Since then, his many roles at the Royal Opera House have included Ferrando in Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte”, Nemorino in “L'Elisire d’Amore” and Ernesto in “Don Pasquale” by Donizetti, Fenton in Verdi’s “Falstaff”, Lysander in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Aeneas in Massanet’s “Esclarmonde”, and Almaviva in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”. In virtually all these productions, he shared the stage with his countryman Sir Geraint Evans at the Royal Opera House.
Since the early seventies, he has made many appearances on the stages and concert platforms in most parts of the world, including France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Argentina, and Israel. At the same time, he has appeared in concert with all the major orchestras, such as the BBC Symphony, London, Cleveland, St Louis and Boston Symphonies, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna and London Philharmonics, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, RAI Radio Orchestra of Milan, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome.
He has also sung and recorded with many leading conductors −Sir John Prichard, Bernard Hatink, Raymond Leppard, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Daniel Baremboim, Sir Georg Solti, Richard Bonynge, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Nello Santi, Karl Bohm, Kyril Kondrashin, Lovro von Mattachic, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jesús López Cobos, Silvio Varviso, Dennis Russell Davis, James Levine, Serge Bordeaux, Sir Simon Rattle, Mistislav Rostropovich, Eugene Ormandy, Erich Leinsdorf , and Carlo Maria Giulini.
Besides a brilliant artistic career, he also has an intense teaching experience of over twenty years. He currently is professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and at his private studio in Claygate (Surrey); and since 2014, he is also Professor of the “Alfredo Kraus” Fundación Ramón Areces Voice Chair at the Reina Sofía Music School, where he previously had offered master classes.