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Photo: © Benjamin Ealovega

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Edgaras Montvidas

Roderick Williams

Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas was educated in Vilnius at the Lithuanian Music Academy. From 2001–2003 he was a member of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Young Artists Programme, where he sang Arminio in Verdi I Masnadieri. From 2004–2006 he was a member of the ensemble of Frankfurt Opera where his roles included Tamino Die Zauberflöte.

Roderick Williams enjoys relationships with all the major UK opera houses and is particularly associated with the baritone roles of Mozart. He has also sung world premieres of operas by, among others, David Sawer, Sally Beamish and Alexander Knaifel.


Plans this season and beyond include Prunier in Puccini La Rondine for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Lensky Eugene Onegin and Belmonte in Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Lensky for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Grande Théâtre de Genève, Geneva. Other recent opera appearances have included Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for English National Opera and Scottish Opera, Belmonte for BayerischeStaatsoper, Hamburg Opera and Netherlands Opera and Arbace in Mozart Idomeneo for Netherlands Opera. Edgaras is also active on the concert platform, recently singing Fisherman Le Rossignol with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Pierre Boulez and has sung with the BBC Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Russian National and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestras, in repertoire including Berlioz Te Deum and Mozart Requiem. He has made a number of appearances at the BBC Proms including as the Young Lover in Puccini Il Tabarro with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, Edgaras was awarded the Theatre Award The Gold Cross of the Stage in Lithuania for his performances as Werther. 22


Roderick Williams has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches SymphonieOrchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen and Bach Collegium Japan. His many festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Melbourne. Roderick is an accomplished recital artist who can be heard at venues and festivals including the Wigmore Hall, the Perth Concert Hall, Howard Assembly Room, the Musikverein, Vienna and on Radio 3, where he has participated on Iain Burnside’s Voices programme. His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos, Verdi’s Don Carlos (conducted by Bernard Haitink) for Philips, 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.

Igor Stravinsky: Renard  

The programme to our Igor Stravinsky: Renard concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London on 10 February 2013.

Igor Stravinsky: Renard  

The programme to our Igor Stravinsky: Renard concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London on 10 February 2013.