Williams, Roderick


Roderick Williams is active in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres.

He has enjoyed close associations with Opera North and Scottish Opera, and has also worked for English National Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. As at home in contemporary music as in the standard repertoire, he has taken roles in the world premieres of Sally Beamish's Monster (for Scottish Opera), David Sawer's From Morning to Midnight and Martin Butler's A Better Place (for English National Opera) and Alexander Knaifel's Alice in Wonderland and Michel van der Aa's After Life (for Netherlands Opera). Further contemporary roles include Jaufre Rudel in Saariaho's L'amour de loin (ENO), Eddie in Mark-Anthony Turnage's Greek (BBC) and roles in Tippett's The Knot Garden (Barbican) and Birtwistle's The Second Mrs Kong (Royal Festival Hall).

He has taken major roles in conductor Richard Hickox's semi-staged performances of opera, including Britten's Gloriana (Aldeburgh, 2003), Walton's Troilus and Cressida and most of the Vaughan Williams operas.  Other concert performances include Henze, Strauss, Stravinsky and Wagner (Donner in Das Rheingold for ENO).

He is an accomplished recital artist who can be heard at Wigmore Hall, at many festivals, and on Radio 3, where he has appeared on Iain Burnside's 'Voices' programme.  His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos, and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos. Roderick Williams is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio.

Bickley, Susan

Susan Bickley is firmly established as one of the most versatile mezzo-sopranos of her generation, equally at home in the opera house or on the concert platform, with a wide repertory encompassing the Baroque, the great 19th and 20th Century dramatic roles and the music of today.
Equally at home in baroque, nineteenth and twentieth century and contemporary music, she has sung important roles for Opéra de Paris, Glyndebourne, San Francisco Opera, De Vlaamse Opera and at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden. She created roles in Andriessen's Writing to Vermeer, Turnage's Twice through the Heart and Gerald Barry's The bitter tears of Petra von Kant. In concert, she has performed with all of the major British symphony orchestras and ensembles, with Les Arts Florissants, the Ensemble InterContemporain and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, at Carnegie Hall, New York, and at the Salzburg Festival. A distinguished recitalist, she has worked with pianists Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside and Julius Drake.
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Meet me in the Green Glen for unaccompanied solo voice is a setting of five John Clare poems, here performed in full by both Susan Bickley and Roderick Williams.

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Meet me in the Green Glen was recorded on 7 December 2016 at The Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Surrey.

Chester Music
Catalogue number:
NMC DL3032
Release Date:
19 May 2017