Award-winning Welsh soprano Caryl Hughes performs widely on the operatic and concert platforms in Britain and internationally. Described as a “tour de force” (Opera Magazine) and “captivating delight” (reviewsgate.com), she has received high acclaim for her work as a singing actress. Last season saw her perform in the world-premiere of Y Tŵr for Music Theatre Wales, for which she was nominated for Best Actress in the Welsh Language and Best Female in an Opera Production at the Wales Theatre Awards.
Caryl trained at the Royal Academy of Music on the Postgraduate Vocal Studies and Opera course, and afterwards at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice. She has won the prestigious W. Towyn Roberts prize at the National Eisteddfod as well as the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award.
Operatic roles include Cenerentola and Varvara/Katya Kabanova (Scottish Opera); Teti/Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo (Welsh National Opera with Carlo Rizzi); Tiny/Paul Bunyan, Papagena and Rita Rat/Fantastic Mr Fox (English Touring Opera); First Nymph/Rusalka (Grange Park Opera); Cherubino and Dorabella (Diva Opera); Mercedes/Carmen (Llangollen International Festival) and Flora/The Enchanted Pig (Young Vic Theatre / The Opera Group). In music theatre, she has performed the roles of Maria/West Side Story and Cosette/Les Misérables for Pimlico Opera. Career highlights include singing in concert with Bryn Terfel for Raymond Gubbay, Grange Park Opera and the Hay Festival.