Outstanding soprano Rhiannon Llewellyn sung to success at last week's Maggie Teyte Prize auditions. She won the main prize of £2,000 along with the Miriam Licette Scholarship of £1,500 and a lunchtime recital at the Royal Opera House.
The Maggie Teyte Prize and Miriam Licette Scholarships are open to female singers studying at postgraduate level and place particular emphasis on the interpretation of French mélodie. Both awards are administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and generously sponsored by Felicity Guinness.
Rhiannon joins an impressive list of previous winners including Patricia Rozario OBE, Lisa Milne, Anna Leese, Katherine Broderick, Louise Alder and Elizabeth Watts.
Born in Swansea and raised in the UK, USA, France and Italy, Rhiannon graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2011. She is currently studying on the postgraduate programme at the Royal Academy of Music with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp and will take up her place on the RAM Opera Course from September with a full scholarship. Rhiannon gratefully acknolwedges the support of the Josephine Baker Trust, Marylebone Educational Foundation, Elizabeth Evans Trust, William Gibbs Educational Trust and John and Rachel Wren.
Rhiannon's recent and future concert highlights include recitals at Madrid's Real Academia de Belles Artes, St. John's Smith Square, Colston Hall, Gower Music Festival, Cardiff Music Festival and Gloucester Cathedral; as well as solo oratorio appearances at The Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Colston Hall, St. David's Hall, Brangwyn Hall and numerous major cathedrals. This summer, Rhiannon has won a place on Les Azuriales Masterclasses in St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat and will also join the chorus of Garsington Opera for Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Rossini's Il Maometto.
Further Miriam Licette Scholarships of £1,500 were awarded to soprano Anna Anandarajah (Royal College of Music), and mezzo-soprano Hanna-Liisa Kirchin (Royal Northern College of Music).
The Musicians Benevolent Fund Accompanist’s Prize (£1,000) was awarded to Ian Tindale (Royal College of Music).
Rhiannon's lunchtime recital will take place on Monday 1 July in the Crush Room of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. More details will be available on our website shortly.