The distinguished bass-baritone Anthony Stuart Lloyd is from Cardiff, Wales. He initially graduated in Hospitality Management, but the ‘singing chef’ soon hung up his ‘whites’ after a Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship enabled him to attend The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where he studied with the renowned tenor John Mitchinson and vocal coach Gerald Wragg. Whilst there other awards and accolades soon followed including winning, the ‘Blue Riband’ at Royal National Eisteddfod, The Morriston Orpheus Choir MOCSA Young Welsh Singers competition and the inaugural Sir Geraint Evans Memorial Prize. He is also a recipient of a National Mozart Competition prize, an Arts Council of Wales Young Welsh Singers Competition prize at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and a Walton Foundation Award enabling him to attend the Il Cantante Attore III course at the composer’s estate ‘La Mortella’ Ischia, Italy where he played Don Magnifico – La Cenerentola.
Welsh National Opera, recognizing the immense potential of the young Welsh artist soon cast him in several roles, including Timur – Turandot, Bartolo – Le Nozze di Figaro, Basilio – Il Barber di Siviglia, Commendatore – Don Giovanni, Gran Sacerdote – Nabucco, Bonze – Madam Butterfly and La Voce – Idomeneo. His vocal talent drew him to the attention of continental Europe where he sang at Freiburg Opera initially where his roles included: Leporello – Don Giovanni (for which he was nominated, with special acclaim, as the best newcomer in the region in Opernwelt Jahrbuch magazine), The King of Clubs – The Love for Three Oranges, Méphistophélès – Faust, Lodovico – Otello and Selim – Il Turco in Italia and for Toulouse Capitole Opera, Mercure and Chef Greque – Les Troyens, under the baton of Michel Plasson.
For the Cardiff Festival his roles include: Bartolo – Le Nozze di Figaro, Michele – Il Tabarro and Dulcamara – L’elisir d’amore. Other roles in ‘konzertant’ include: Brander – La Damnation de Faust with Kent Nagano at the helm, Chef Greque & Mercure ‘Les Troyens’ under Sir Colin Davies for The London Symphony Orchestra and created the role of Bendigeidfran in the world premier of ‘The King of Britain’s Daughter’ at the Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival.
Leporello Don Giovanni Freiburg Opera
In the role of the servant Leporello was Anthony Stuart Lloyd whose vocal presence was as convincing and believable as his stage presence.
To place on a higher level: Anthony Stuart Lloyd, the Leporello, again a big bass and at the same time as soft as downs, wonderfully supple. ‘You Bet’ he is going to make a big career not only as a buffo-bass.
The King of Clubs The Love for Three Oranges Freiburg Opera
The singing in general was excellent and it is worth mentioning in particular the new bass Anthony Stuart Lloyd.
Anthony Stuart Lloyd a basso cantante of the noblest kind perfect for Verdi’s and Wagner’s honourable roles.
Selim Il Turco in Italia Freiburg Opera
Anthony Stuart Lloyd gave a smouldering, sonorous and quick-witted macho Selim, the Turkish Pasha.
Don Basilio The Barber of Seville Welsh National Opera
North Wales Pioneer
Excellent singing from Katerina Karneus as Rosina and Anthony Stuart Lloyd as Don Basilio made the whole ensemble.
Worcester Evening News
Anthony Lloyd is a compelling Don Basilio.
The Reading Standard
As the rascally music instructor Don Basilio, Anthony Stuart Lloyd was prominent as a tall and stout personification of pomposity.
Anthony Stuart Lloyd looked like a veritable Pooh-Bah as Don Basilio and his sonorous bass voice was a delight.
The Western Mail
The role of Don Basilio was well taken by Anthony Stuart Lloyd.
Commendatore Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera
Anthony Stuart Lloyd was a youthful but booming Commendatore.
Anthony Stuart Lloyd sings a booming Commendatore.
Bartolo Le Nozze di Figaro Welsh National Opera
Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Bartolo showed himself capable of a most musical huffing and puffing, at tremendous volume.
Timur Turandot Welsh National Opera
Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Timur was a marvel of sub-Plimsoll Line resonance.
Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Timur announced a young bass of immense physical stature and considerable vocal promise.
The Timur of Anthony Stuart Lloyd was a characterisation and a half.
Timur was Anthony Stuart Lloyd, still studying at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a natural talent to watch.
Anthony Stuart Lloyd possessed a voice of Rolls Royce sumptuousness.
The Sunday Telegraph
Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Timur (like the emperor, a symbol here of a decrepit “ancient regime”) suggested that this is a bass to note.
Bonze Madam Butterfly Welsh National Opera
Anthony Stuart Lloyd a fearsome Bonze would have struck fear into he heart of any true Japanese.
Gran Sacerdote Nabucco Welsh National Opera
There were decent contributions too, from Gwyn Hughes Jones as Ismaele and Anthony Stuart Lloyd as the High Priest of Baal, alias Goering in a red tiara.
Don Magnifico La Cenerentola Walton Foundation (Ischia)
There is more than promise in the bass-baritone of Anthony Stuart Lloyd, a giant of a Welshman with a giant of a voice, whose Don Magnifico may not have been the last word in histrionic skill but was imposing just the same.
Mercure/Greek Captain The Trojans Toulouse Capitole Opera
Anthony Stuart Lloyd, massive in voice for the Greek Captain and Mercure’s stentorian summons to “Italia!”
Mercure/Greek Captain The Trojans London Symphony Orchestra
London Evening Standard
Anthony Stuart Lloyd (Mercure) was quite sensational when his turn at last came around.
Michele Il Tabarro Cardiff Festival RWCMD (Sherman Theatre)
The principal success of the evening was Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Michele, a singer whose fine blending of a fine well-placed baritone with formidable stage presence should carry him far.
Dr. Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore Cardiff Festival RWCMD (Sherman Theatre)
Anthony Stuart Lloyd confirmed the outstanding promise he showed in last year’s Il Tabarro with a vividly drawn and richly sung Dulcamara. He already knows how to pace comedy and understands instinctively when and how to throw a line, and his buffo singing seems to come naturally, a talent to watch.
South Wales Echo
Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Dulcamara would not have looked out of place in La Scala.