Husband and Wife Opera Stars Get Christmas off to the Perfect Start
Two of the UK’s top opera singers, who just happen to be man and wife, will be one of the star attractions at this year’s Nightingale House Hospice annual Christmas Carol Service on Saturday 5th December.
Once again held at St Giles Church in Wrexham, tenor Geriant Dodd and soprano Eldrydd Cynan Jones will be joined by the Rhos Male Voice Choir and Citadel Brass Band in the premier Christmas concert in the region.
Geraint Dodd was born in Rhosllanerchrugog and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
He has performed many leading roles for the Welsh National Opera, including Florestan in Fidelio, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Don José in Carmen, Duke in Rigoletto, Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Macduff in Macbeth. Geraint also understudied the roles of DesGrieux in Manon Lescaut, Cavaradossi in Tosca and the Title Role in Roberto Devereux.
Geriant has also sung for the English National Opera, Opera North and Opera Holland Park as well as performing in the Royal Albert Hall and other international venues as far afield as San Francisco and Lisbon.
He has been a frequent soloist in operatic galas in concert halls throughout Britain with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Raymond Gubbay Productions Ltd.
Eldrydd Cynan Jones was born in Treorchy and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. During this time she was also the winner of the W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod.
In 1994 Eldrydd won the “Young Welsh Singer “ competition and then went on to represent Wales in the prestigious “Cardiff Singer of the World” in 1995. One of the highlights of the competition was to be chosen by Dame Joan Sutherland as one of only two singers to participate in a Masterclass given by the legendary Soprano, which was later televised on BBC2.
Eldrydd’s operatic repertoire includes the title role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at the RNCM and Singapore Lyric Opera; First Lady in Mozart’s “Magic Flute” for Civit Hills Opera; Sofronie in Storace’s “Gli Equivoci” at Battignano, Italy and Michaela in Bizet’s “Carmen” for Inter Opera.
During her career Eldrydd has sung in New York, Washington D.C., Sydney, New Zealand, Paris, Scandinavia and Malta. In 2003 she added Capetown, Singapore and Hong Kong to the list. . In 2014 she reprised the role of Lady Macbeth for Opera Cymru, a role Eldrydd was nominated for ‘Best Female Opera Singer’ at the inaugural Theatre Critics Wales Awards 2012.
“We are absolutely delighted that Geriant and Eldrydd will be joining us for one of Nightingale House’s premier events of the year. The atmosphere that is generated within St Giles Church is tremendous and really gets the festive season off to wonderful start.
Apart from our illustrious soloists the Rhos Male Voice Choir and Citadel Brass Band will again bring their own special flavour to the concert and are always very, very popular,” said Eleri Wyn-Smith, Fundraising Officer for Nightingale House.
Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start with tickets £15, which includes seasonal refreshments. All proceeds will go towards the running costs of Nightingale House and tickets can be bought directly from the Hospice by calling 01978 314292.