SYLVIA RHYS-THOMAS. A.G.S.M.
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 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.