Welsh mezzo-soprano Eirlys Myfanwy Davies was born in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire. She is currently in her second year at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Previously she gained a Distinction and DipRAM in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music and a BMus (Hons) in Vocal Studies from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Davies has performed the roles of Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) for the Alexander Gibson Opera School, and Pompea (The Little Green Swallow) for British Youth Opera. Opera scene appearances include as Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Dido (Les Troyens), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Irene (Tamerlano), Bradamante (Alcina) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Future engagements include as Dido at the RCS.
She gives regular oratorio, recital and gala performances, is a guest artist with many Welsh male choirs and has appeared in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Brussels Cathedral, Millennium Centre, and the Vatican. Recent performances include in Elgar’s Music Makers and The Dream of Gerontius, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem. Television engagements have included appearances on S4C, on Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol, Wedi 3, Wedi 7 and Noson Lawen.
Davies is winner of the W Towyn Roberts Memorial Award and the Llais Llwyfan Llambed Award, and was named ‘Voice of the Future’ at Llangollen International Festival. She has also been a finalist in the Welsh Singers Competition at St David’s Hall, the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, London Welsh Young Singer of the Year, MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year, and Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year.
Throughout her studies Davies has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Ann Murray, Dennis O’Neill, Gwyneth Jones, Barbara Bonney, Patricia MacMahon and Susan Bullock. She is currently a Samling Artist, and is supported by the ABRSM, Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells and RCS Trust.