Bio – english

Angharad was born in Vienna in 1983 to Welsh singer Susan Dennis and Austrian composer/conductor/ pianist Wolfgang Gabriel. This musical background resulted in Angharad’s singing long before she could speak and made a career as a singer inevitable – at least to her!

She gave her first informal song recital in the Welsh town of Aberdare when she was just eight years old singing songs by Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Purcell, Haydn and Mozart’s “Alleluja”.
At the age of 11 she joined the Vienna Bach Choir (Bachgemeinde Wien) and remained their youngest-ever member until she left the choir in 2000 to concentrate more on solo work and intensive vocal training. Today she is delighted to join the Bachgemeinde frequently as a soloist, performing in works such as Mozart’s, Brahms’s and Fauré’s “Requiem”, Bach’s “Johannes Passion” and numerous cantatas, and in Händel’s “Messiah” (Konzerthaus Wien). Engagements with other ensembles have recently included performances of Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate” and Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”.

For the recital platform Angharad has presented numerous recitals on diverse themes, such as “Nacht und Träume”, a programme of folk song arrangements in five languages, an evening of Scottish and Welsh folk song arrangements by Beethoven and Haydn and in 2007 she gave her Bösendorfersaal debut with a recital of various settings of the same poems, entitled “Poetic Metamorphoses”. Her latest recital project was a programme of Shakespeare songs from six centuries, including songs by Morley, Quilter, Schubert, Schumann, Berlioz, Chausson, the Ophelia songs by Strauss and Wolfgang Gabriel’s “Drei Shakespeare Sonnette”

Angharad  studied Musicology and French at the Vienna university, graduating with distinction in 2010 with a master’s thesis on the life and works of Wolfgang Gabriel.
Since 2012 she is a member of the Arnold Schönberg Chor, regularly appearing in concerts and operas at the Theater an der Wien, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Styriarte and Vienna’s Musikverein.

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