Rhydian Roberts, double platinum selling, Classical Number 1 artist is coming home to Wales in the spring to undertake a 6 date tour of the country from north to south.
Rhydian returned this year with a bang, holding the Number 1 spot in the Classical Album Charts for 10 consecutive weeks for his tour de force fifth studio album, the classical crossover ‘One Day Like This’ on the Futura Classics label.
The concert repertoire will include songs from the album which features him in powerful and emotional high baritone voice, with material that ranges from pure classical to full Technicolour cinematic renditions of contemporary crossover songs such as Nights In White Satin, The Blower’s Daughter and Danny Boy.
Rhydian said: “I love playing to my home audiences, and so looking forward to recreating the epic feel of the album, that wide screen quality you get with the best movie soundtracks. I want my performances to be mesmerising and inspiring, full of passion and exciting all your emotions. Love, romance, hope, despair, faith, and the joy of being alive are all in there.”
In the past six years Rhydian has had a highly successful career as a double platinum-selling recording artist – having secured a record deal with Sony BMG for two albums. His first album Rhydian went to No 3 in the charts, followed by the more classical O Fortuna featuring duets with Bryn Terfel and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa that reached No 2 in the classical charts and earned a Classical Brits nomination. Two years ago he took a diversion into pop covering 80s synth tunes with the album Waves.
He has in the past two years alone he has appeared in touring productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Grease, We Will Rock You and hosted his own Welsh language TV series. An album Caneuon Cymraeg (Welsh Songs) followed his S4C TV shows.
Rhydian again: “My passion is classical crossover singing. It might not be fashionable to say it, but I want to make it to the top of that world. I don’t make any apologies for that. I love popera, it’s fun and it’s a great art form. Despite my classical training it was never my ambition to become an opera star. I need a big stage and freedom to perform the way I want.”