Classic FM caught up with Rhydian Roberts at The Art of Giving VIP Preview at the Saatchi Gallery on 7 October.
Baritone Rhydian Roberts came into the public's consciousness in 2007, when he starred in X Factor.
Life and Music
- The Welsh star, formerly a personal trainer, received classical training at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and was about to start a course in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music when his life changed forever.
- In the face of scorn from his music college peers, Rhydian auditioned for X Factor, and his trademark white hair and flamboyant dress sense made him an audience favourite immediately.
- Three years later, Rhydian is happy with his status as a classical crossover singer, and he continued to bring his music to a wider audience through his debut album, released in November 2009.
- Rhydian’s second studio album, O Fortuna, pays homage to his Welsh heritage, with works by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins and joint performances with opera superstar Bryn Terfel, harpist Catrin Finch and a male voice choir. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa also joins Rhydian on the album, for ‘Benedictus’ from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man.
Did you know?
Rhydian acknowledges as idols pop singers like Christina Aguilera and Tina Turner. But another of his idols is opera singer Simon Keenlyside, and Rhydian’s own classical training is evident in all of the music he sings.
Rhydian Roberts is set to star in his first ever musical, Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds.
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