Welsh soprano Rhian Lois made her Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte).
Lois studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She made her professional debut while still a student, singing Ivette (The Passenger) for English National Opera. She went on to become one of ENO’s Harewood Artists, her roles for the company including Musetta (La bohème), Younger Woman (Between Worlds, world premiere), Frasquita (Carmen), Papagena, Nerine (Medea), Adele (Die Fledermaus), First Niece (Peter Grimes) and Atalanta (Xerxes). Other engagements include Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Angelika (Figaro Gets a Divorce) for Welsh National Opera, Musetta for Opera Up Close at the Soho Theatre, Despina (Così fan tutte) for Opera Project, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Opera della Luna and Pamina for Nevill Holt Opera.
Lois’s concert performances include performing with Bryn Terfel at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Mozart’s Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Halsey, the CBSO’S Stravinsky festival ‘Igor Fest’, Brahms’s Requiem with the North London Concert at Milton Court, Messiah in Cambridge and with the CBSO and in recital for HRH the Prince of Wales. Further repertory includes Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Her awards include the Lies Askonas Prize, the Bryn Terfel Scholarship, the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize and the Roland Jones Prize.