CD Rhys Meirion | In Verita
It's hard to believe that it has been twenty years since I set foot on Glyndebourne to sing Edmondo in Puccini's Mannon Lescaut on the 10th of August 1999. My very first task as a professional singer. This Album, in a way, celebrates that milestone, and is a record of the voice at this time in my career through interpretations of the songs I've been singing in concerts over the years, but not yet recorded.
On my first Album with Sound back in 2001 I received, humbly, this compliment from the then English National Opera Music Director Paul Daniel EPC
"It is rare enough to find a true tenor voice, but even a scarcer is able to use that instrument to communicate directly from his heart."
I've tried to be true to these kind words over the years, and I sincerely hope that this comes over in the performances on this album.
Over the years I have had great experiences of singing as a soloist in some of the most iconic buildings in the music world. Places like the Millennium Center in Cardiff, the Albert Hall in London, the Sydney Opera House, Carneige Hall in New York and many more. But just as important to me is singing in small halls, and chapels all over Wales, receiving that warmest Welsh welcome that is unprecedented in the world.
It is purposeful, and indeed, absolutely ideal, that the exceptionally versatile Musician, Brian Hughes, accompanies me on this album. Indeed, we are in duets rather than solos and accompaniment. I have been extremely fortunate to have good teachers and trainers over the years, and I am indebted to the likes of David Pollard, Gerald Martin Moore, Iris Dell 'Acqua, Phillip Thomas, Antony Legge, Mark Shanahan and more. But Brian Hughes has been a constant throughout the journey, and I feel privileged to have him as a teacher, mentor and friend to perform with me here.
Thank you for buying the album, and I hope you enjoy listening to how I (In Verità) are happiest - singing!
I would like to present this collection to my father Gwilym Meirion, to my wife Nia, my children Osian, Elan and Erin, and in memory of my mother Catherine Jones and my sister Elen Meirion, to thank them for their support and encouragement and because they have been the focus of my inspiration in everything I do.
It was a pleasure to work with Rhys on this CD; A CD celebrating twenty years as a professional soloist. During this time Rhys has developed into a popular and popular character on national television as a presenter of programs of a musical nature. But Rhys Meirion is the tenor here, and his inherent qualities are evident in the songs; a warm, appealing voice, a sensual and well-finished phrasing, and the unrivaled flair for words.
There were fifteen songs, but twenty-four hours before recording we found ET Davies's 'Calvary Grace', which had to be included on the CD. There's a lot of everything here; nostalgia, hymns, nationalism, tenderness, a bit of the Mafia flavor, and an Argentinian tingling.
Enjoy it all!
Brian Hughes of www.sainwales.com