Caryl Hughes graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in 2007. She subsequently received an inaugural HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship for Advanced Study in Music to attend Cardiff International Academy of Voice, under the direction of international tenor Dennis O’Neill. Other awards include the 2009 Stuart Burrows International Voice Award, the 2006 Morriston Orpheus Young Singer of the Year Award, W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the 2005 National Eisteddfod of Wales, second prize winner in the Opera Rara Patric Schmid Bel Canto Prize 2007 and an S4C scholarship for developing talent. Caryl is both a Britten-Pears and Samling Artist.
Caryl made her professional debut for Scottish Opera in the 2007/8 season in the Title Role of Rossini’s Cenerentola and returned the following season to sing Varvara in Kátya Kabanová. She has also understudied the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella inCosì fan tutte for the company. In 2008, she sang Teti in Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo for Welsh National Opera, conducted by Carlo Rizzi and returned to sing Orlovsky in Die Fledermausand to understudy Sifare in Mitridate for the company. Caryl has performed in several contemporary operas, namely Angela in the world-première of Nicola LeFanu’s Dream Hunter, Flora in the world première of Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig for the Young Vic Theatre and The Opera Group, Sonya in Sonya’s Story for the Tête à Tête Festival and Rita Rat in Fantastic Mr Fox for English Touring Opera.
Other operatic roles include Olga in Eugene Onegin and First Nymph in Rusalka for Grange Park Opera, Cenerentola for Iford Arts Festival, Cosette in Les Misérables and Maria in West Side Story for Pimlico Opera, Madama Brilliante for Bampton Opera’s The Italian Girl in London at Buxton Festival and St John’s Smith Square, Carmen for Opra Cymru, Rosina inThe Barber of Seville for Armonico Consort, Irene in Tamerlano for Opera by Definition and Yniold in Pelléas et Mélisande for Independent Opera. In 2010 Caryl appeared as a Young Artist at the Azuriales Festival in Cap Ferrat, France and was a finalist in their Ozone Young Artists’ Competition.
Concert highlights include a gala concert with Bryn Terfel at Grange Park Opera and Hay on Wye Festival and a UK concert tour with Bryn Terfel for Raymond Gubbay Production Ltd. Caryl performed Britten’s Cabaret Songs at the 2009 Aix-en-Provence and Aldeburgh Festivals and has appeared in concerts and recitals in Seville, at The Sage Gateshead, Cadogan Hall, Wales Millennium Centre and the Wigmore Hall, London. Caryl’s debut album of Britten’s Cabaret Songs accompanied by Malcolm Martineau was released in 2011 on the Onyx label.
Recent engagements include understudy Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena for Welsh National Opera and Giancinta in La Finta Semplice for Bampton Classical Opera. She also appeared as guest soloist in S4C’s TV broadcast of Bryn Terfel’s Christmas 2013 and has recorded for Noson Lawen earlier this year.
Roles in 2014 included Tiny in Paul Bunyan, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Young Paris in King Priam for English Touring Opera, Euterpe in the UK premiere of Gluck’s Il parnaso confuso for Bampton Opera and Mariko in the world première of Tokaido Road by LeFanu.
This year, Caryl makes her debut in the role of Cherubino for Diva Opera’s Summer Season.