Sioned would like to thank everyone for their kind support during BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. She had a fantastic time and will use the experience to help her develop her voice and performance. She is now happy to be back in the rehearsal room working for Longborough Festival Opera.
Hoffai Sioned ddiolch o galon am yr holl gefnogaeth yn ystod BBC Canwr y Byd 2017. Roedd y profiad yn fythgofiadwy ac yn gymorth mawr iddi ddatblygu'r llais a thechnegau perfformio yn y dyfodol. Mae hi bellach yn hapus ei byd mewn ymarferion Longborough Festival Opera.
Sioned Gwen is from Colwyn Bay, North Wales. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she gained a MMus degree and in 2012 completed her post graduate studies on their Opera Course. She subsequently worked for two years with various opera companies before being sponsored by Glyndebourne to train at the National Opera Studio where she completed her studies in June 2015.
Plans this season include her Spanish debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opera Valladolid and Second Lady in The Magic Flute with Longborough Festival Opera. Forthcoming plans include Olga in Eugene Onegin and Stewardess in The Flight with Scottish Opera. Recently Sioned performed the roles of Third Nymph, Rusalka and Pitti-Sing, The Mikado both for Scottish Opera. In 2012 Sioned Gwen joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and performed the role of Margarida in The Yellow Sofa for their Jerwood Project in both the Festival and autumn tour.
In 2013 she performed the role of Kate in The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera soon after became an Emerging Artist with the company where she took on the roles of Edugie in Rodelinda and 3rd Witch in Macbeth. Sioned returned to London and Glyndebourne in 2014 where she covered the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin and Annina in La traviata.
In 2012 Sioned Gwen was a finalist in the Welsh Singers’ Competition and a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Other competition successes include first prize winner in the 2009 Llangollen International Eisteddfod , first prize winner the 2009 National Eisteddfod of Wales and she was awarded the most outstanding performer at the 2009 North London Festival. She was also a finalist in the Jackdaws Great Elm Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall and the Thelma King Award in Bath.
Whilst a student, she performed Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro for British Youth Opera. Roles performed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama were Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frau Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor Marta in Iolanta, and Mere Jeanne in Dialogue des Carmelites. She also understudied Madame de Croissy in Dialogue des Carmelites and understudied Florence Pike in Albert Herring.
Performing highlights in concert include Henze’s Voices at the Barbican Hall, London, the Alto Solo in Stravinsky’s Les Noces in LSO St.Lukes, London, Handel’s Messiah with the Lund Chamber Choir in Sweden, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music accompanied by Graham Johnson. Sioned Gwen also performed in a concert in the presence of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, at Caerphilly Castle.
Mae Sioned Gwen Davies yn wreiddiol o Fae Colwyn yng ngogledd Cymru. Astudiodd yn y Stiwdio Opera Genedlaethol ac Ysgol Gerdd a Drama’r Guildhall trwy gefnogaeth hael Opera Glyndebourne a ddarparodd iddo Wobr Datblygu Artist Ifanc, a Gwobr Datblygu Gyrfa Sefydliad Bryn Terfel.
"Sioned Gwen Davies'... dominated the stage vocally and dramatically."
Song Round 1
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
Orchestra Round 2
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
Longborough Festival Opera