Three Other Tenors from Welsh National Opera
In 1996, the Tenors gave their first performance in the Taliesin Theatre at Swansea University. The idea was conceived as a way of raising funds for the Friends of WNO. The acclaimed Soprano, Suzanne Murphy, was guest artist with the Tenors that evening and the event was so successful that they were subsequently asked to perform at many other venues. Since then, and with numerous personnel changes they have gone on to give over 150 performances of their show, all to critical great acclaim, and without denying the obvious allusion to the original Three Tenors, whose wonderful early performances inspired tonight's artists into performing their version of the concert.
They have performed at venues throughout the UK, including Symphony Hall, Birmingham; The Hexagon at Reading; The Festival Theatre, Malvern; The Grand Theatre, Swansea; and The New Theatre, Cardiff. At many of the larger venues they are accompanied by members of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, but the Tenors also enjoy performing at much smaller venues and where, very often, the audiences don't have easy access to main-scale Opera.
The Three Other Tenors are Michael Clifton-Thompson, Howard Kirk and Gareth Dafydd Morris.
Born in Newport, Gwent, Michael studied with Irene Livingstone and Glenville Hargreaves.
He joined WNO in 1985 where roles have included Spoletta Tosca, Andres, Idiot and Orderly Wozzeck, Leopold Der Rosenkavalier, Borsa Rigoletto, Young Servant Elektra, Prince of Persia Turandot, Giuseppe La Traviata, Messenger Beatrice and Benedict, Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro, Parpignol La Bohème, Drunken Prisoner From the House of the Dead, 1st Prisoner Fidelio, Squeak Billy Budd, Missail Boris Godunov, Monostatos and First Armed Man The Magic Flute, 1st Prisoner Leonore, 3rd Jew Salome, Beppe Pagliacci, The Defendant Trial by Jury, Monsieur Triquet Eugene Onegin, Romeo in the Star-cross'd Lovers tour 2005 and Raoul de St Brioche The Merry Widow.
Born in Leicestershire, Howard trained at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course.
He has performed for Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, English Touring Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Bampton Classical Opera and English National Opera. Engagements include Monostatos The Magic Flute; Sellem The Rake's Progress; Antinous Penelope; Macheath Beggar's Opera; Janek The Makropulos Case and Lindoro Nina.
Howard joined WNO in 2004 and has performed many roles for the company including Monostatos The Magic Flute; Benoit La Bohème; Fiorello The Barber of Seville; Borsa Rigoletto; Vicomte Cascada The Merry Widow; Gaston La Traviata; 2nd Apprentice Wozzeck; Servant Khovanshchina; Steuermann Die Fliegende Höllander; Don Curzio The Marriage of Figaro and King Mark Le Vin Herbé,
Gareth Dafydd Morris
Born in East Sussex, Gareth trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.
Gareth joined WNO in January 2016 and sang the role of Kaherdin in Le Vin Herbe and will sing Faninal's Major Domo in this seasons production of Der Rosenkavalier. Recent covers include Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, German Soldier and Private Watcyn in the world premiere of In Parenthesis and Malcolm in Macbeth.
Selected roles elsewhere include Faust in Boito's Mefistofele and title role Roberto Devereux for Opera Valladolid, Monsieur Triquet Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park, Borsa Rigoletto, Bardolfo Falstaff and 1st Servant Capriccio all for Grange Park Opera, Rodolfo in the Olivier Award winning La Bohème and Cavaradossi Tosca for OperaUpClose, Jenik The Bartered Bride for Kentish Opera, Alfred Die Fledermaus and Camille The Merry Widow for Opera della Luna.
Gareth performs internationally in concert and oratorio and has broadcast as a soloist with BBC NOW and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and was runner up in the Wagner Society's Singing Competition in November 2015 and won the President's Award, given by Dame Gwyneth Jones.
Michael performing the role of Parpignol in La Bohème for WNO.
Creation of Parpignol
Michael was interviewed for the Birmingham Mail.
Howard (centre) as Benoit is La Bohème for WNO.
Howard (front left) as Fiorello in The Barber of Seville for WNO.
Howard as King Mark in Le Vin Herbé for WNO.
Gareth as Ferrando in Cosí fan Tutte.
Gareth as Cavaradossi in Tosca.
Gareth as Kaherdin in Le Vin Herbé for WNO.