Guest Artist | Roderick Williams, baritone

Event time: 
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Marquand Chapel See map
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Open to: 
General Public
Event description: 
Susie Allan, piano



Music of Butterworth, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Britten, and more

Roderick Williams encompasses a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital.

He enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and is particularly associated with the baritone roles of Mozart.  He has also sung world premieres of operas by, among others, David Sawer, Sally Beamish, Michael van der Aa, Robert Saxton and Alexander Knaifel.

Roderick Williams has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, Le Concert Spirituel, Rias Kammerchor and Bach Collegium Japan.  His many festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Melbourne.

Recent and future engagements include Oronte in Charpentier’s Medée, Toby Kramer in Van der Aa’s Sunken Garden and Don Alfonso/Così for English National Opera, Van der Aa’s After Life at Melbourne State Theatre, Van der Aa’s Sunken Garden at Opera de Lyon, the title role in Billy Budd for the Nationale Reisopera,  a concert performance of Ned Keene/Peter Grimes with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Last Night of the 2014 BBC Proms, as well as concert performances with many of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles.  He is also an accomplished recital artist who can be heard at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s, the Perth Concert Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival, the Musikverein, Vienna and on Radio 3, where he has participated on Iain Burnside’s Voices programme.

His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos, Verdi’s Don Carlos (conducted by Bernard Haitink) for Philips, and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos.

Roderick Williams is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio. He will be the Artistic Director of Leeds Lieder + in April 2016.



George Butterworth

                Six songs from A Shropshire Lad                                                      A E Housman


John Ireland

                Great Things                                                                                Thomas Hardy

                Sea Fever                                                                                    John Masefield

                In Boyhood                                                                                   A E Housman

                Youth’s Spring tribute                                                                     Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Gerald Finzi

                From Before & After Summer: Channel Firing                                      Thomas Hardy


Ralph Vaughan Williams

                From House of Life: Silent Noon                                                       Dante Gabriel Rossetti



Ivor Gurney

                Black Stitchel                                                                                  Wilfred Gibson

                Lights Out                                                                                       Edward Thomas

                Captain Stratton’s Fancy                                                                   John Masefield



****** Intermission******


Ralph Vaughan Williams

                Two Songs from Songs of Travel                                                     Robert Louis Stevenson



Roger Quilter

                Weep you no more, sad fountains                                                      Anon

Peter Warlock

                Jillian of Berry                                                                                 Anon

E J Moeran

                The Pleasant Valley                                                                         James Joyce

Benjamin Britten

                Salley Gardens                                                                                W B Yeats

                The Ploughboy                                                                                Traditional


Gerald Finzi

                Let us Garlands bring                                                                        W Shakespeare

                                Come away, come away, Death

                                Who is Silvia?

                                Fear no more the heat o’ the sun

                                O Mistress Mine

                                It was a lover and his lass