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.

 

TESTIMONIALS

 

 

Leporello Don Giovanni                                         Freiburg Opera

 

Südkurier

In the role of the servant Leporello was Anthony Stuart Lloyd whose vocal presence was as convincing and believable as his stage presence.

 

Badische Zeitung

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

 

Dreiland Zeitung

The singing in general was excellent and it is worth mentioning in particular the new bass Anthony Stuart Lloyd.

 

Badische Zeitung

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

 

Badische Zeitung

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.

 

Wrexham Leader

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

 

Opera

Anthony Stuart Lloyd was a youthful but booming Commendatore.

 

Sunday Times

Anthony Stuart Lloyd sings a booming Commendatore.

 

 

Bartolo Le Nozze di Figaro                                       Welsh National Opera

 

Opera

Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Bartolo showed himself capable of a most musical huffing and puffing, at tremendous volume.

 

 

Timur Turandot                                                 Welsh National Opera

 

Opera Now

Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Timur was a marvel of sub-Plimsoll Line resonance.

 

Opera Magazine

Anthony Stuart Lloyd’s Timur announced a young bass of immense physical stature and considerable vocal promise.

 

Western Mail

The Timur of Anthony Stuart Lloyd was a characterisation and a half.

 

Opera Magazine

Timur was Anthony Stuart Lloyd, still studying at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a natural talent to watch.

 

Daily Telegraph

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

 

Opera Magazine

Anthony Stuart Lloyd a fearsome Bonze would have struck fear into he heart of any true Japanese.

 

 

Gran Sacerdote Nabucco                 Welsh National Opera

 

The Independent

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)

 

Opera Magazine

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

 

Opera Magazine

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)

 

Opera Magazine

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)

 

Opera Magazine

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.