Hailing from the South Wales Valleys, Emyr trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, under the tuition of Eric Roberts and Michael Pollock. During 2017/18 he was a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio, London.
Operatic roles include Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia, Minskman Flight, Papageno The Magic Flute, Don Alfonso Così fan Tutte, Sid Albert Herring, Forester Cunning Little Vixen, and Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro for RWCMD. Emyr has performed for Welsh National Opera as Contractor/ Ensemble Gair ar Gnawd [Word on Flesh] and cover Nana/Starkey Peter Pan. Roles for St Endellion Festival include Benoit/Alcindoro La Bohème, Schelkalov/Boyar Khruschov Boris Godunov, Henry Cuffe Gloriana, and Mr Flint Billy Budd. Emyr has also performed for Independent Opera as Farmer/Ensemble in Simplicius Simplicissimus, as Cadmus Semele for Mid Wales Opera, and First Priest/cover Papageno The Magic Flute for Longborough Festival Opera. Most recently Emyr has returned from a summer at the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival in Sicily, performing the roles of Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, and Bonzo Madama Butterfly.
Relatively late to singing, he gained a wealth of acting experience winning the award for Best Actor at the 2013 Ffresh Film Awards. Awards while studying included RWCMD HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship, Dame Shirley Bassey Vocal Award, David and Philippa Seligman Award, Bruce Millar Gullivar Opera Award 2015, MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2015, and a Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal along with further support from Help Musicians UK, Arts Council Wales, The Banham Foundation, Mr Chris Ball, The Carne Trust and The Leverhulme Trust. Upon graduating Emyr won the 2016 Ian Stoutzker Prize; awarded to the most outstanding musician at the college, before taking on the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff conducted by Carlo Rizzi for RWCMD.
Concert highlights include Handel’s Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre, performing for
HRH Prince of Wales on a number of occasions including his home in West Wales and Buckingham Palace, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at Birmingham Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, performing for the Commemoration of the Somme with the Hallé Orchestra, and, in spring 2017, a recital at St Martin in the Fields, London.
Future plans include concerts for The Opera Foundation, local performances across Wales, sacristan in Tosca for Mid Wales Opera, and the role of Leporello in a new production of Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera in summer 2019.
He was awarded a Bursary by The International Opera Awards.