Nardus Williams


Praised for her ‘superbly controlled, sensuous soprano’ (Opera Today), British soprano Nardus Williams is an English National Opera Harewood Artist, was a member of the Houston Opera Studio for the 2018/19 season and is a former Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne. Highlights of the 2020/21 season include Countess, Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park) and Mimi, Puccini, La Boheme (English National Opera's Drive & Live series).

Recent highlights for Williams include Micaëla, Bizet, Carmen (English National Opera), Mimi, Puccini, La Boheme and Donna Anna, Mozart, Don Giovanni (Houston Grand Opera), Armida, Handel, Rinaldo (cover) and Adina, Donizetti, L'elisir d'amore (cover) (Glyndbourne Festival Opera), Governess, Britten, The Turn of the Screw (cover) (Garsington Opera), the role of Martha in a new commission Wake by Giorgio Battistelli for Birmingham Opera Company directed by Graham Vick, and Countess (cover), Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro (English National Opera). Further roles have included Maggie/Marjana in the world premiere of Lewis Murphy Belongings for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Donna Elvira, Mozart, Don Giovanni (Opera Holland Park) and Fox, Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen (Royal College of Music). Williams was also invited to perform with Welsh National Opera and Nevill Holt Opera. Recent concert highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square, and Handel Messiah at King’s Place.


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. Other awards and prizes include the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards First Prize and Audience Prize (2016); Williams was also a finalist in the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

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