Welsh tenor Rhydian Jenkins hails from Maesteg, South Wales, and graduated with Distinction from the David Seligman Opera School at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is taught by Nicky Spence and Adrian Thompson.
A winner of the prestigious 2019 Bryn Terfel Scholarship and the 2021 MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year, his roles include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ruggero La rondine, Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw, Alfred Die Fledermaus, Spoletta Tosca, Basilio/Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro, Snout The Fairy Queen, and Vittorio Elena e Gerardo – world premiere.
Operatic scenes include Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore, Ferrando Così fan tutte, Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress, and Don Ramiro La Cenerentola.
Rhydian was also a 2022 Emerging Artist with Clonter Opera. As well as previously being a 2022/23 Young Artist at the National Opera Studio, his 2022/23 season included debuting in productions with Welsh National Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, and Northern Ireland Opera. Rhydian also made his debut at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and The Bridgewater Hall.
During the 2022/23 residencies with the National Opera Studio at WNO, Opera North, Scottish Opera, and ENO, Rhydian performed roles from scenes including Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ernesto Don Pasquale, Fenton Falstaff, Vašek The Bartered Bride, and Contino Belfiore La finta giardiniera. This summer, Rhydian will cover and perform the role of Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist, and will join the International Opera Studio at Oper Köln.
Rhydian’s time at the Studio is generously supported by Philip Carne with additional support from Chris Ball.
Updated December 2023. This biography should not be reproduced without asking permission from the National Opera Studio.