Fflur Wyn

Soprano

"Fflur Wyn’s singing was clear and beautifully articulated, and a natural acting instinct made her pivotal."

Opera

"As well as clear diction, Wyn displayed a fine soprano voice – bright and supple but with a pleasing, steely quality in the upper register – and breathtaking technical control."

Financial Times

"Fflur Wyn's Flora is beautifully sung and convincingly petulant."

The Guardian

"Fflur Wyn is a charming Servilia."

The Telegraph

"Wyn’s soprano was outstanding, soaring over everything."

The Guardian

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Having already gained wide acclaim for her performances on the operatic stage as well as the concert platform, Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn is quickly establishing herself as one of the country’s foremost young singers. She was recently elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the music profession so far.

Her operatic performances include Jemmy Guillaume Tell, Iphis Jephtha, Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando (WNO); Pamina The Magic Flute, Alice Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the title role in Lakmé (Opera Holland Park); Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, La Plus Jeune Fille Au Monde (La Monnaie); Sophie Werther, Marzelline Fidelio, Blue Fairy The Adventures of Pinocchio, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito, Woodbird Siegfried  (Opera North); Mimi in Offenbach’s Vert Vert (Garsington Opera); Governess The Turn of the Screw (Mexico City); Blonde Woman Thanks to my Eyes (Aix en Provence, La Monnaie, Paris); Daughter The Lion’s Face (The Opera Group, ROH); and Girl How the Whale Became (Royal Opera House).

Fflur has worked with many great conductors and orchestras including Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Richard Armstrong, Harry Bicket and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Gabrieli Consort and The English Concert. Recent recitals include performances at Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square, Wilton’s Music Hall and The Howard Assembly Room.

Recent and future performances include Giannetta L’elisir d’amore, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, and Gretel Hansel and Gretel for Opera North; Floriana in Leoncavallo’s Zazà for Opera Rara; Celia Lucio Silla for Buxton Opera; the title role in Handel’s Theodora with the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin; Michal Saul with the BBC Singers; Celidora L’oca del Cairo with the London Mozart Players; Fauré Requiem with BBCNOW; and a revival of her critically acclaimed performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Opera Holland Park.

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Humperdinck Hansel und Gretel (Gretel)

Opera North, Grand Theatre Leeds (February 2017)

Katie Bray’s Hansel and Fflur Wyn’s Gretel sing with a light, spontaneous ease that overcomes the disconnect of a pair of pre-teens expressing themselves with mature, adult voices. The famous duet in which they sing themselves to sleep is breathtaking.

Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

Katie Bray and Fflur Wyn could scarcely be bettered as the eponymous brats.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Fflur Wyn‘s sparkling performance as Gretel makes her an ideal loving sibling.

Richard Wilcocks, bachtrack.com

Fflur Wyn and Katie Bray made a delightful and highly characterful pairing as the siblings.

Robert Hugill, planethugill.com

Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie)

Opera North, Grand Theatre, Leeds (September 2016)

Fflur Wyn has a delightfully diaphanous tone as Sophie.

Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

Fflur Wyn’s Sophie was a delight, sparky and determined, always her own woman. She floated her high notes beautifully too.

Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine

The outstanding vocal performance comes from Fflur Wyn as Sophie, the faux-naif little rich girl who becomes the inadvertent agent of change. She has the purity of tone and the consistent vocal support to stand out in the trio, allied to a fascinating characterisation that left us guessing as to how innocent she really is.

Richard Ely, bachtrack.com

Fflur Wyn, a radiant, vocally limpid and emotionally truthful Sophie.

Mark Valencia, whatsonstage.com

Fflur Wyn was an enchantingly innocent, yet sparky Sophie.

Elaine Annable, The Yorkshire Times

Handel Saul (Michal)

BBC Singers, Milton Court, London (April 2016)

Fflur Wyn’s Michal was charming.

Curtis Roger, classicalsource.com

Mozart L’oca del Cairo

London Mozart Players, St John’s Smith Square, London (April 2016)

A first-rate cast notable for…enchanting soprano Fflur Wyn.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Fflur Wyn also shone.

Jack Johnson, bachtrack.com

The soloists, who included…Fflur Wyn…were also excellent.

Sam Smith, musicOMH

Grace Williams Missa Cambrensis

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, St David’s Hall, Cardiff (March 2016)

Wyn’s soprano was outstanding, soaring over everything and bringing out the anguish in Williams’ expansive phrases.

Rian Evans, The Guardian

Leoncavallo Zazà (Floriana)

Barbican, London (November 2015)

Fflur Wyn…made [her] mark among the populous cast.

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

Excellent supporting performances from…Fflur Wyn.

Hugo Shirley, Gramophone

As Floriana, Fflur Wyn sparkled in her Act 1 aria.

Claire Seymour, Opera Today

Fflur Wyn was brilliant as the singer Floriana.

Robert Hugill, planethugill.com

Handel Orlando (Dorinda)

Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre (September 2015)

Meanwhile, Dorinda…is sung with great accomplishment by Fflur Wyn.

Rian Evans, The Guardian

A musical highlight was Evans and Blaze’s bittersweet trio with the luminous Fflur Wyn, superb as the young but wise, hopeful yet resigned Dorinda

Rebecca Franks, The Times

Individually they were all first-rate:...Fflur Wyn and Rebecca Evans the elegantly twittering and lamenting ladies, Robin Blaze their second-string suitor.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Fflur Wyn – all sweetness and light, no shades of Nurse Ratched or the Cuckoo’s Nest here – rose admirably to the considerable demands of the music; her singing was highly musical and beautifully articulated, her diction perfect.

Rian Evans, Opera

Fflur Wyn is delightful as poor Dorinda…technically superb.

Stephen Walsh, theartsdesk.com

Fflur Wyn as beautifully-voiced Dorinda.

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Delibe Lakmé (Title role)

Opera Holland Park, London (July 2015)

In the end, though, Lakmé stands or falls by the quality of the singing. In the title role, Fflur Wyn has the measure of the coloratura of the Bell Song, sustains the lyric line of the act one duet, ably abetted by Katie Bray’s Mallika, and finds the range of expression to make the scene of self-sacrifice truly affecting in the final act.

Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Fflur Wyn was quite enchanting in the title-role, singing diamantine coloratura with near-perfect accuracy of intonation and coruscating tone, complemented by the warm honeyed tenor of Robert Murray as the smitten army officer. Their duets were as pleasurable as their arias, and both demonstrated an elegant sense of Gallic style.

Rupert Christansen, The Telegraph

Fflur Wyn’s Lakmé is small but perfectly formed, her Bell Song a glittering highlight.

Alexandra Coghlan, The Independent

[Wyn] sings sincerely, accurately and stylishly.

Anna Picard, The Times

"The star was Fflur Wyn as Lakmé, not merely because she sings the title role with its pinging, stratospherically high “Bell Song”, one of the most celebrated of coloratura showpieces...Wyn radiates a tender determination."

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

Fflur Wyn has the delicate, pure quality in her voice to make the celebrated “Bell Song” echo like a tintinnabulation from afar, and can summon enough vocal strength to fill the semi-open-air theatre.

Richard Fairman, Financial Times

Fflur Wyn, as the Hindu Princess Lakmé, had the necessary vocal lightness for the Bell Song’s coloratura…her control and effortless top register were impressive. She was just as effective in the Flower Duet, in the company of Katie Bray as her servant Mallika, and her expansive lyricism in the Act 3 love duet was worth the wait.

Peter Reed, Opera

It all made Fflur Wyn’s mesmerising performance as Lakmé all the more admirable – done with great nerve and stillness, and sung with the right degree of other-worldly beauty which contained much human strength.

Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now

Lakmé demands much of the soprano tackling the title role. Fflur Wyn delivered a strong performance – more sensual woman than chaste priestess – her lyric soprano opening up beautifully in its upper reaches. In the famous Bell Song “Où va la jeune Hindoue", she demonstrated hypnotic melismata, a sure trill, delicate pianissimi and a fine top E.

Mark Pullinger, bachtrack.com

The singing is of a uniformly high standard. In an unbeatable combination, Fflur Wyn’s Lakme marries technical skill with lyric warmth, also embodying physically the heroine’s spiritual status as the daughter of the gods.

George Hall, The Stage

I’d mislabelled Fflur Wyn, so good in Handel and as Alice in Will Todd’s site-specific opera for children returning to Holland Park later this month, as just a stylish light lyric; the voice now opens out gloriously whenever it goes up and over in Delibes’s more ecstatic phrases. Lakmé is only really a coloratura role in the celebrated highlight; leading up to it, the unaccompanied vocalise is here a model of bel canto, and the Bell Song itself has plenty of stylish trills as well as more of that opening-out which sets the seal of distinction on this performance. Joan Sutherland spoilt us for a fullness in the top E at the end, but Wyn just about carries that off, too.

David Nice, theartsdesk.com

The cast is a strong one, dominated where necessary by Fflur Wyn’s assumption of the title-role which brings out Lakmé's warmth and underlying compassion as she contends with the culture clash between her high-priest father and her army-officer lover. Not that her portrayal is ever merely efficient, as is witnessed by the near-flawlessness of her coloraturain the once-famous ‘Bell Song’ or the deft winsomeness with which she dovetails with Mallika in the still-famous ‘Flower Duet’.

Richard Whitehouse, classicalsource.com

OHP fielded a strong trio of principals led by Fflur Wynn’s lovely Lakmé. Wynn is closer in voice to the lighter end of the spectrum – certainly more Dessay than Sutherland. But her voice is immensely attractive and she has the full measure of the part... She looks beautiful onstage and fully commanded our sympathy at the end, despite Delibes’ rather hurried build up to her suicide. I hope to return later in the run to hear her again.

Sebastian Petit, Opera Britannia

Bach St Matthew Passion, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Royal Festival Hall, London (April 2015)

However, most memorable of the singers was the tender and engaging voice of soprano Fflur Wyn whose aria, daringly soft at times, fiery and strong at others, had warmth and pathos.

Claire Hazelton, The Guardian

Jemmy, Guillaume Tell

Welsh National Opera (October 2014)

Fflur Wyn enchanting as Jemmy, tiny of stature but fielding a strong top line in many of the ensembles.

Rodney Milnes, Opera

Among the females, it was Welsh soprano Fflur Wyn in the role of Tell’s son, Jemmy, who carried the strongest performance throughout.

Peter Reynolds, Opera Now

Mimi Vert-Vert

Garsington Opera (July 2014)

The cast is pretty much faultless… Fflur Wyn is all pert charm and diamond sparkle as the infatuated sixth former in hot pursuit.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Fflur Wyn is a delightful Mimi.

George Hall, The Guardian

little maids from school, led by our heroine Mimi — in Fflur Wyn a bright-eyed and bright-voiced soprano.

Hilary Finch, The Times

The loveliest girl in the form of Mimi, sung with ineffable grace by Fflur Wyn.

Michael Church, The Independent

Fflur Wyn [is] simply enchanting as the schoolgirl.

Rodney Milnes, Opera

The cast is excellent, too, led by Fflur Wyn and Robert Murray, both singing with disarming clarity and grace as Mimi and Valentin.

Hugo Shirley, The Spectator

There are some wizard performers. You want to wrap up Fflur Wyn up and spirit her away – the very point of the opera – whether she’s in blue school lacrosse-stick togs, or kitted out as a tiny scarlet bombardier.

Roderic Dunnett, The Arts Desk

A bevy of convent girls led by the admirable Fflur Wyn.

Barry Millington, Evening Standard

Au Monde

La Monnaie (June 2014)

Fflur Wyn as the youngest sister and Yann Beuron as the son-in-law are both excellent.

Francis Carlin, Financial Times

The singers could scarcely have been better...Fflur Wyn as [one of] the three sisters.

John McCann, Opera

The no less remarkable young Fflur Wyn, one element of purity but oh how tormented in this world of depravity that is not hers.

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How the Whale Became

Royal Opera/Linbury Studio Theatre (December 2013)

There’s also a terrific cast led by the enchanting Fflur Wyn.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Individual performances, too, are strong, with Fflur Wyn’s assignments as the Girl, Polar Bear and Cow all finely achieved.

George Hall, The Stage

Soprano Fflur Wyn is on delicious form.

Helen Wallace, Classical-music.com

Fflur Wyn's shining, iridescent timbre gave Polar Bear a stylish cosmopolitan sophistication, and yet her astonishing vocal control brought devastating sadness to that duet.

Edward Lewis, Classical Source

Alice Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Opera Holland Park (June 2013)

Leading the excellent cast, many of whom double their roles, is Fflur Wyn, a wide-eyed, bright-toned Alice.

John Allison, The Telegraph

Both charming and knowing as Alice, Fflur Wyn leads the team appealingly and skilfully.

George Hall, The Stage

Fflur Wyn is outstanding as Alice…she has excellent control over her fine soprano voice. Wyn acts with admirable conviction, too.

Susan Elkin, What’s On Stage

Fflur Wyn portrayed Alice’s blend of innocence and wisdom with a winning charm, and she had an impressive show-stopper, a kind of power ballad in praise of living one’s dreams.

Peter Reed, Opera Magazine

Siegfried

Opera North

The talented Fflur Wyn as his daughter Achsah whose lovely arias include the ingenious ‘As Cheers the Sun’, was fresh-voiced and touching.

Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

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