© Marc Brenner
© Marc Brenner
© Camilla Greenwell
© Wigmore Hall
© Alastair Muir
© Robert Workman
© Robert Workman
Gweneth Ann Rand trained at the University of Exeter, Goldsmith’s College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. During her training she received the Maggie Teyte, Ian Fleming and Sybil Tutton Awards. She was a Vilar Young Artist at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in 2001 represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. She is currently an Associate Artist at Wigmore Hall.
In the current season she performs the Mayor’s Wife Jenůfa (English National Opera); Sieglinde Die Walküre (London Opera Company); Phemomenal Women, a recital for International Women’s Day (Wigmore Hall); Colour Reveolution recital (Oxford International Song Festival); and performances of Messiaen’s Harawi, Poemes pour mi and Chants de terre et de ciel (Aldeburgh Festival).
Among her recent highlights are acclaimed performances of 4.48 Psychosis (The Royal Opera/Lyric Hammersmith, Prototype Festival, Opéra national du Rhin, Philharmonie de Paris); Woman 3 The Blue Woman (The Royal Opera/Britten Pears Arts); Mother Bailey It’s a Wonderful Life, Serena in Porgy and Bess (English National Opera); Tiger Lily Peter Pan, the dark side (Teatro Comunale di Bolzano); Judith Bluebeard’s Castle (Theatre of Sound; and Tippett A Child of Our Time, Vaughn Williams A Sea Symphony (Brighton Festival/Philharmonia Orchestra).
Her operatic roles include Aida (English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Theater Bremen, Oper Kiel, Finnish National Opera, Macedonian Opera, Opera Poznań, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater); Senta Der fliegende Holländer (London Lyric Opera/Barbican); Leonora La forza del destino (Oper Köln, Chelsea Opera Group); Leonora Il trovatore (Welsh National Opera); Amelia Un ballo in maschera and Margherita/Helena Mefistofele (Theater Erfurt); Tosca (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos); Gutrune Götterdämmerung (BBC Proms); the title roles in La Gioconda and La Wally, Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana (Opera Holland Park); Bess Porgy and Bess (Basel Chamber Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic); Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos (Orchestre de Picardie); and appearances for The Royal Opera in Elektra, Daphne and The Cunning Little Vixen.
In concert she has performed Schoenberg Gurrelieder (Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra); Tippett A Child of Our Time (NDR Hannover, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Göteborgs Symfoniker); Mahler Das klagende Lied (BBC Proms); the European premiere of Elliott Carter Of Rewaking , Vaughan Williams Third Symphony (CBSO); Verdi Requiem (Truro Cathedral, King’s College Chapel, York Minster); Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Strauss Vier letzte Lieder (Canterbury Cathedral); Poulenc Gloria (Three Choirs Festival); Zemlinsky Der König Kandaules (Gran Canaria); Dvořák Stabat Mater (Madrid); and Britten War Requiem (Warsaw).
Gweneth Ann is widely known for her acclaimed interpretations of Messiaen’s song cycles Harawi (Cheltenham Festival, Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder, Opera North, BBC Proms) and Poèmes pour Mi (Gürzenich Orchester Köln, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra). Her recordings include Mélodies Passagères, The Songs of Samuel Barber (Quartz Music); Janáček The Eternal Gospel with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion); Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi (Sanctuary Classics); and John Metcalf’s Under Milk Wood (Ty Cerrd).
Colour Revolution / Oxford International Song Festival / 2023
“Rand’s voice is plush and warm… beautifully sustained, sculpted with superb vocal control.”
“Gweneth Ann Rand’s voice could be as soft as a kiss, a butterfly lighting on a flower, the next moment ringing out in anger and passion.”
(Ox in a Box)
Rooker / Giant / Britten Pears Arts – Aldeburgh Festival / 2023
“Gweneth Ann Rand is the strong impresario figure, Mr Rooker…”
“The impresario Rooker (a warm, convincing Gweneth Ann Rand)…”
Mother Bailey / It’s a Wonderful Life / English National Opera / 2022
“Gweneth Ann Rand was sonorous of voice and imposing of character as Mother Bailey.”
“Gweneth Ann Rand’s Mother… excellently sung…”
“…there are keen cameos from Gweneth Ann Rand as George’s mother and Ronald Samm as his uncle Billy.”
(The Financial Times)