Rhydian Roberts is one of the UK’s most successful classical crossover artists. The Welsh baritone is a double platinum selling recording artist, has been nominated for a Classical Brit award, has had three sell-out solo tours and has appeared in acclaimed touring theatre productions of, amongst others, We Will Rock You and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has duetted with some of the world’s great singers including Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Idina Menzel and has also presented and performed in his own Welsh language television series.
Rhydian was born in Brecon, Powys, Wales. He won a place at Birmingham City University where he joined the Conservatoire graduating in 2007 with a first class honours degree in Music, before gaining a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London for his Post Graduate course in Musical Theatre. As a student he won the Oratorio Prize, the Mario Lanza Opera Prize, The Lieder Prize, the Reginald Vincent English Song Prize and is very proud to be a Kathleen Ferrier award winner.
As a performer Rhydian has become renowned not only for his stunningly expressive and superbly powerful singing voice, but also for his exuberant shows, dazzling suits and infamous white-blond hair. Whichever genre of music he performs, his remarkable interpretations are full of both pathos and passion and leave his audiences clamouring for more.
Rhydian first burst into the limelight as a contestant on the 2007 series of The X Factor. His extraordinary performances were the highlight of the series and led to Simon Cowell describing him as ‘world class’ and Celine Dion saying ‘Rhydian is in a different league, he’s amazing’. His subsequent signing to Sony BMG led to his eponymous first album gaining platinum status in weeks and earned him the title of highest selling male solo artist of the year. His more classical second album ‘O Fortuna’, produced by the world renowned composer Karl Jenkins, earned him a Classical Brit nomination.
In 2011 his third album, a departure from his normal repertoire, was released. Covering 1980’s synth and new wave songs, The Independent said that ‘Waves’ was one of the top 10 cover albums of all time. His fourth studio album ‘Caneuon Cymraeg’ (Welsh Songs) cemented his status in Wales as one of his beloved country’s favourite sons.
Rhydian’s fifth album ‘One Day Like This’ was released in April 2014. The superb album stormed straight to the No.1 spot in the classical charts for 10 consecutive weeks and has returned Rhydian to his first love, classical crossover music.
“This album has an epic feel. I wanted it to have that wide screen quality you get with the best movie soundtracks. I want it to be mesmerising and inspiring, full of passion and exciting all your emotions. Love, romance, hope, despair, faith, and the joy of being alive are all in there”.
The album, recorded with the Orchestra of St. John’s, Smith Square conducted by John Lubbock, includes some deeply personal choices including The Pearl Fishers duet by Bizet. It was this song which inspired Rhydian to become a singer at the age of 14 and on the album he was thrilled to be able to duet on the track with himself, as both baritone and tenor; a unique and stunning performance. The album is definitive proof of Rhydian’s position as a world class singer of classical crossover repertoire.
Rhydian’s sixth studio album ‘Carry the Fire’ was inspired by his love of rugby and the approaching Rugby World Cup, played in England and Wales in 2015. It features much loved rugby anthems from all of the Home Nations plus two rousing original songs, co-written by Rhydian, ‘Come On Ye Faithful’ and ‘Take Me Home’.
Currently appearing in the touring production of Little Shop of Horrors, Rhydian is now planning his next studio album, based on the theme ‘Dark Songs of Broadway’, to be released in 2017.