Soprano Rhian Lois
Praised for her ‘flawlessly produced soprano and her highly musical singing’ (Opera Today), Welsh soprano Rhian Lois is one of the most captivating and versatile singers currently performing on the British mainstage.
The 2022/23 season will see Lois make notable house debuts including as Gretel Hansel und Gretel for Hamburg State Opera and her role debut as Juliette Die Tote Stadt for English National Opera. On the concert platform, she will return to work with BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Faure Requiem and Stanford Te Deum and Elegiac Ode.
Recent highlights include her return to English National Opera as Janine/Ofwarren in their new production of Poul Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale, her house debut at Theatre Magdeburg as Angelica in Elena Langer Figaro Get’s a Divorce, Governess Turn of the Screw filmed with Opera Glassworks under the baton of John Wilson, Gretel Hansel and Gretel and Musetta La bohème with Scottish Opera, Oriana Amadigi for Garsington Opera, her role and house debut as Jerusha in the UK tour of Jess Cottis’ production of The Intelligence Park in the Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House), Max Where The Wild Things Are for Shadwell Opera at Alexandra Palace, London and the Russian premier at the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Finnegan Downie Dear, her highly acclaimed company and role debut as Nanetta in Verdi Falstaff with Grange Festival, Valencienne The Merry Widow, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Adele Die Fledermaus, Nerine Madea, Atalanta Xerxes and Governess The Turn of the Screw for English National Opera, house debut at Grand Théâtre de Genève as Angelika in the European premiere of Figaro gets a Divorce, Zerlina Don Giovanni for Santa Fe and Adele Die Fledermaus for Welsh National Opera.
On the concert stage, Lois has performed a recital for the International Opera Awards Foundation and at the International Enescu Festival. She has also performed at the Royal Festival Hall with Kings College Cambridge Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Aria ‘Ah! perfido‘ with BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Jonathan Bloxham.
A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio, her previous appearances at English National Opera also include Musetta La Boheme, Frasquita Carmen, Young Woman Between Worlds, First Niece Peter Grimes, Papagena The Magic Flute and Yvette The Passenger. Elsewhere she has sung Papagena Die Zauberflöte at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Pamina The Magic Flute for Nevill Holt and Eurydice in Telemann’s Orpheus with Classical Opera at the London Handel Festival.
On demand on the concert platform, she has performed Mozart Requiem and Handel Messiah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Simon Halsey, CBSO’s Stravinsky retrospective ‘Igor Fest’, Brahms Requiem at Milton Court, Barbican, Handel Messiah in Cambridge; Carmina Burana at the Brangwyn Hall; a concert of Mozart Masterpieces at the Royal Festival Hall; and a performance of Mendelssohn’s Incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Edward Gardner and CBSO recorded by Chandos.