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SYLVIA RHYS-THOMAS. A.G.S.M.
(Soprano)

Born in Barry, Glamorgan,S.Wales. Studied viola and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During her studies won the following prizes: Sam Heilbut Scholarship, Dudley Cook Memorial Prize, Hintlesham Opera Prize and the Corporation of London Scholarship to Study at the London Opera Centre. Also studied lieder with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Anton Demota at Vienna. Competitions won include National Federation of Music Societies of G.B. and the International "Toti dal Monte" - Treviso, S Chiara - Brescia and Montepulciano International in Italy.

In Great Britain Sylvia Rhys-Thomas sang with the following opera companies: Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Kent and Abbey Operas, the Oxford Bach and Edinburgh Festivals, Birmingham University Society, Dublin Choral and many Welsh Music Societies and the Welsh National Eisteddfod as Dido in "Dido and Aeneas" in Welsh.

In Europe Sylvia Rhys-Thomas has appeared at the Venice, Como, Stresa, Dresden, Caen and Nimes Festivals. Operas in Austria, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Main roles were Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda the title roles in Donizetti's operas, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Liù in Turandot - Puccini, Dido in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Elisabetta in Don Carlos – Verdi, Mimì in Bohème - Puccini. A vast concert repertoire including Requiems by Verdi, Mozart, Faure', Missa Solemnis, 9th Symphony and "Ah! Perfido" by Beethoven, Stabat Mater and Petite Messe by Rossini, Mahler's 8th symphony, all Bach oratorios, Handel oratorios etc.

In Italy has sung major roles in Rome's Teatro dell' Opera, Comunale di Bologna, Verdi di Trieste, Regio di Torino, Comunale di Cagliari and concerts at La Piccola Scala, Bergamo, Como , Perugia etc.

Sylvia Rhys-Thomas's American debut was with the Philadelphia Opera singing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.

Recordings with L'Oiseau Lyre of "Hyppolyte et Aricie" Rameau, Edi-Pan, Rome with Lieder by Haydn, Schumann and Strauss, Swiss Radio and Television - Dido in "Dido and Aeneas"by Purcell. Also recorded for B.B.C., I.T.V., and with RAI Italiana "C.min. Mass" - Mozart and works by Haydn , Handel, Monteverdi and Mascagni.

In 1989 was the founder of the ‘Aldo Arienti’ Association of Milan for Cancer Research in Orthopaedics and has been President since 1999.

Founder of the "Complesso Internazionale Cameristico" of Milan in 1990 and the “Little Venice Music Festival” of London in 2003.

Sylvia Rhys-Thomas has an intense activity as a singing teacher and opera coach in London, Milano, Japan, Canada and USA.