The Artists

Sion Goronwy


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Sion Goronwy was born in Bala, North Wales, and graduated with honours in History from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Subsequently he studied singing at postgraduate level at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, gaining the LGSM diploma in 1998. He became the Legal and General Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music after completing two years on the opera course at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, studying with Graeme Broadbent. At the RCM he held the D'Oyle Cart Scholar (2002/03), Pidem Trust scholar (01/02) and supported by Cor Godre'r Aran (Welsh Male Voice Choir). During his studies at the Guildhall he was sponsored on scholarships from the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Arts Council of Wales, S4C television, and the Lawrence Attwell, Ryan Davies, William Cox, Dr Williams' School trust funds and Meibion Llywarch (Welsh folk choir).

Roles performed include – Puccini Il Tabarro (Talpa); Puccini Gianni Schicchi (Betto); Ponchielli La Gioconda (Alvise Badoero); Verdi Macbeth (Doctor/Herald/Servant); Stravinsky The Rakes Progress (Father Trulove); Janacek Jenufa (Dikoy); Mozart Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), Stravinsky Oedipus Rex (Tiresias), Puccini Gianni Schicchi (Simone), Handel Agrippina (Claudio), Brockes Passion (Caiaphas/Centurion staged) and Britten Albert Herring (Supt Budd) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snug/Lion, Quince); Puccini Madama Butterfly (Bonze); J Strauss Die Fledermaus (Frank): Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin (Gremin / Zaretsky), Walton The Bear (Luka); Puccini Tosca (Sacristan); Peter Maxwell Davies The Martyrdom of St Magnus; Verdi Rigoletto (Sparafucile); Verdi Falstaff (Falstaff, Pistola), Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos (Truffaldine and Lakai); Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Osmin); Weber Der Freischutz (Kaspar and Eremit); Smetena The Bartered Bride (Micha); Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors (Balthasar); scenes from Puccini La Boheme (Colline); Verdi Don Carlo (King Phillip), and Donizetti Anna Bolena (Enrico).

He has performed at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School; Royal Opera House; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Welsh National Opera; Longborough Festival; Norfolk and Norwich Festival; Aix en Provence Festival; Lyon Opera; Norwegian Royal Opera at the Oslo Music Festival Norway; Opera Valladolid Spain; Clonter Opera; Mid Wales Opera; European Chamber Opera; Dartington International Summer School, British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera; Opera Box.

Concert work includes Verdi Requiem, Rossini Stabat Mater, Handel Messiah, Haydn The Creation, Scarlatti St Cecelia Mass; Mozart Requiem, Coronation Mass, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. January 2005. He took part in concert tours of Australia and New Zealand during October 2003 and 1999 with Cor Godre’r Aran Male Voice Choir.

Sion makes his Royal Opera House debut this autumn in Shostakovich's The Nose. Recent engagements include performing the role of Quince in Stadttheater Klagenfurt’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream, performing the role of Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos and covering the roles of Banquo - Macbeth and Ferrando - Il Trovatore for Scottish Opera.

Musical Education

2001 - 2005 Royal College of Music - PG Dip with Graeme Broadbent

1996 - 1998 Guildhall School of Music & Drama - LGSM Postgraduate Diploma

1992-1995 and 1998-2001 Studied singing with Ken and Christine Reynolds

B.A. Hons in History, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Operatic Experience

2016 The Nose - Royal Opera House

2016 Snug – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Glyndebourne Festival Opera

2016 Bottom (cover) - A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Glyndebourne Festival Opera

2016 Schwarz – Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg – Glyndebourne Festival Opera

2015 Quince – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Austria

2015 Truffaldino – Ariadne auf Naxos – Opera Project

2015 Ferrando (cover) – Il Trovatore – Scottish Opera

2014 Banquo/ Doctor (cover) – Macbeth – Scottish Opera

2014 Prince Gremin, Eugene Onegin, Opra Cymru

2014 Rodrigo - Gloria - A Pigtale – Mahogany Opera Group

2014 King Phillip – Don Carlos – Verdi – Valladolid Opera

2013 Snug – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Opera North

2013 Pistola (cover) – Falstaff - Glyndebourne Festival Opera

2013 Talpa – Il tabarro and Betto – Gianni Schicchi – Haddo House Hall - Caledonian Opera Company

2013 Alvise Badoero – La Gioconda – Ponchielli – Valladolid Opera

2012 Antonio and Bartolo (cover), Le Nozze Di Figaro - Glyndebourne Touring Opera

2012 Simone - Gianni Schicchi - Opera Project

2012 Don Basilio - Barber of Seville - Opera Project

2012 Dikoy - Katya Kabanova - Longborough Festival Opera

2012 Vodnik (understudy) – Rusalka – Royal Opera House

Autumn 2011 - The Nose – Lyon Opera

Summer 2011 - Vodnik (understudy) – Rusalka – Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Summer '11 - The Nose - Aix en Provence Festival

Spring '11 - Ferrando (Understudy) - Il Trovatore - WNO

Autumn '10 - Don Magnifico (Understudy) - La Cenerentola - Glyndebourne Touring Opera

Summer ’10 – Father Trulove (Understudy) – The Rake’s Progress – Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Summer ‘10 – Snug – Midsummer Nights Dream – Garsington Opera

Summer ’10 – Commissioner – Madama Butterfly – Longborough Festival Opera

Autumn 09 - Pistola - Falstaff - Glyndebourne Touring Opera

Autumn 09 - (Understudy) Falstaff - Falstaff - Glyndebourne Touring Opera

Summer 09 - Snug - Midsummer Nights Dream - Longborough Festival Opera

Spring 09 - Dikoy - Katya Kabanova - English Touring Opera

Autumn 08 - Sarastro (Understudy) - Die Zauberflote - Glyndbourne Touring Opera

Spring 08 - Snug - A Midsummer Nights Dream - Opera North

Sept - Dec '07 - Glyndebourne on Tour; performed Doctor/Herald/Servant - Macbeth,

Sept - Dec '07 - Glyndebourne - Understudy Superintendent Budd - Albert Herring

Autumn 2007 - Glyndebourne Chorus

June-August 2007 - Opera Box - Colline - La Boheme

May-August 2007 - Glyndebourne Understudy - Don Magnifico - La Cenerentola

Spring 2007 English Touring Opera - Osmin, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Mozart.

Quince (Cover) Midsummer Night Dream, Britten. Glyndebourne

Summer 06 - Glyndebourne Chorus

Autumn 06 - Micha Bartered Bride, Mid Wales Opera

May 06 - Kaspar & Hermit Der Freischuts, Valladolid Spain

Sparafucile - Rigoletto - European Chamber Opera

Osmin - Seraglio - Valladolid Spain (Also Directed the Opera)

Bonze - Madama Butterfly, Puccini

The Martyrdom of St Magnus - Peter Maxwell Davies

Sacristan - Tosca - European Chamber Opera

Prince Kadoor - Si J'etais Roi - Opera Omnibus

Frank - Die Fledermaus - Clonter Opera

Sarastro - Die Zauberflote - RCM

Prince Gremin - Eugene Onegin - Clonter Opera

Oedipus Rex - Tiresias

Simone - Gianni Schicchi

Claudio - Agrippina

Supt Budd - Albert Herring

Snug/Lion - A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Bear - Luka

Pistol - Falstaff

Truffaldine and Lakey - Ariadne auf Naxos

Osmin - Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

King Balthazar - Amahl and the Night Visitors

Colline - La Boheme

Filippo II - Don Carlos

Enrico - Anna Bolena


Requiem - Verdi

Beethoven 9th Symphony

Messiah - Handel

Stabat Mater - Rossini

Pilate St John Passion - Bach

Creation - Haydn

St Cecilia's Mass - Mozart

Requiem - Mozart

Coronation Mass

Vesperae solennes de confessore

Requiem - Faure

Dixit Dominus - Handel

Magnificat in D Major - Bach


2015 Christmas Concert, Highgrove Estate

2014 Guest Soloist, Beethoven, 9th Symphony, Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra, Brecon Cathedral

2014 Guest Soloist in Trelawnyd Male Voice Choirs Annual Concert

Concert Tour of America and Canada with Cor Godre’r Aran 2010

October 2005 -Concert with Kathryn Jenkins and Chester Male Voice Choir, Chester Cathedral

August 2005 Guest Artist, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

April 2005 - Concert with Denise Leigh and the Chester Male Voice Choir, Chester Town Hall

New Year Concert Series 2005 conducted by Terje Boye Hanson & Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra

Guest Artist - Machynlleth Music Festival

Principal Artist - Cor Godre'r Aran tour of Australia & New Zealand Oct 2003

Concert Tour of Australia with Cor Godre'r Aran 1999


National Eisteddfod of Wales 2002, Finalist in Lieder, Oratorio and Bass Solo Class

Film, Television & Radio

S4C - P'nawn Da

S4C - Noson Lawen

S4C - Pencerdd

Awards & Scholarships

While at Royal College of Music was the Pidem Scholar and supported by Cor Godre'r Aran and D'Oyle Cart Scholar

The Legal and General Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music

Winner of the Rowland Jones Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2002

Has recieved scholarships from Arts Council of Wales, S4C Television and the Lawrence Attwell, Ryan Davies, William Cox, Dr Williams School funds

Future Plans

2017 - Sarastro - Magic Flute - Mid Wales Opera

2017 - Gremin - Eugene Onegin - Opera Valladolid

2017 - Snug - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Aldeburgh Festival


Gloria - A Pigtale, Mahogany Opera Group, The Observer, July 2014

'ultimately this is a team production, with Sion Goronwy, Andrew Dickinson, Jessica Walker and Charles Rice excelling in their multiple sausage skins.

Gloria - A Pigtale, Mahogany Opera Group, Everything Theatre, July 2014

'Finally, there’s Rodney the wild boar, played and sung superbly by bass Sion Goronwy looking like a sad, shy wookie.'

Gloria - A Pigtale, Mahogany Opera Group, What's On Stage, Ron Simpson, May 2014

'In a selfless and talented ensemble Sion Goronwy's very human (porcine?) Wild Boar stands out.'

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Opera North - Opera Britannia September 2013

'Sion Goronwy's tall figure, expressive face and sonorous bass made a great impression as Snug/ the Lion'

Reviews for Spring 2007 English Touring Opera

"The outstanding performance comes from Welsh bass Sion Goronwy as Osmin. He

has a glorious voice, impeccable comic timing and is very much a star in the making."

Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 20th March 2007

"Sion Goronwy's impressive bass and striking characterisation combine to form

a vivid Osmin."

George Hall, The Stage, 19th March 2007

"....the jokes come thick and fast, with much little-and-large slapstick between Hal

Cazalet's mellifluously dainty Belmonte and Sion Goronwy's Osmin, gigantic in

body and voice."

Michael Church, The Independent, 21st March 2007

"Sion Goronwy's lumbering Osmin had some terrific low notes; physically he towered

above the rest of the cast, giving rise to much visual comedy. The ensemble

work was excellent."

Ruth Elleson, Opera Today, 25th March 2007