Born in Hereford, Gwilym Bowen is a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, having graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2011 with a double First class degree in Music. He studies with Ryland Davies and Jonathan Papp, and is due to take up a place at Royal Academy Opera from September.
On the operatic stage, his diverse repertoire has included Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress, Davey in Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song, Dwight/God Jerry Springer: the Opera, Sailor Dido & Aeneas, Intelletto in Emilio de’ Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di anima e di corpo, and Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Aldeburgh, in Britten’s centenary year. In new opera he has created the roles of Sergeant Troy in Barnaby Martin’s Far from the madding crowd and the protagonists in two operas by Kate Whitley, Unknown Position and 0520, with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Cockpit and King’s Head theatres in London. At RAM, roles in scenes include Ferrando Così fan tutte, Albert Albert Herring, Florville Il signor Bruschino and Smith La jolie fille de Perth, and with Royal Academy Opera he was Chorus and Peasant Leader Eugene Onegin, and Chorus and Bête L’enfant et les sortilèges, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Stephane Denève.
Recent concert performances include acclaimed Evangelists in both Bach Passions, the role of Sylph in Rameau Zaïs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium for Oxford Philomusica and Merton College Choir at the Sheldonian Theatre, Bach Johannes-passion in Poland with Die Kölner Akademie, Haydn The Seasons for Norden Farm Festival Chorus, Mozart Requiem for the Wotton Concert Series and the Waverley Singers, Bach Mass in B Minor for Harrogate Choral Society; Britten Serenade for the Amersham Festival and Orchestra of St John, Bromsgrove, and, with Brouwen, the vocal/instrumental chamber group he co-directs, Bach cantatas and Handel Dixit Dominus. Upcoming engagements include Lucano/Primo Soldato L’incoronazione di Poppea on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and on tour with Ryedale Festival Opera, Handel Israel in Egypt with the Holst Singers and the Brook Street Band at St John’s Smith Square, performances with RAM’s flagship group for art song, Song Circle, and in the Kohn Foundation/RAM Bach Cantata Series. Gwilym is hugely grateful for the support of his studies by the Josephine Baker Trust, the Newby Trust, the Elmley Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and a Travelling Studentship from Trinity College, Cambridge.