In the end, tenor Gareth Treseder washed away the “pain” with splendid clarity and convincingly bubbling dexterity.
Welsh tenor Gareth Treseder received his Music BA and MA from the University of Bristol, during which time he was a Lay Clerk in Bristol Cathedral Choir. He then received his Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal and Opera Studies from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, which he passed with distinction. While based in Cardiff, he held a BBC National Chorus of Wales scholarship and won the Manning Singing Prize for Tenors. Gareth then became an Apprentice for Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir. Solo engagements during his Apprenticeship included Bach’s Cantata 61 and Cantata 70 in Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Berlin’s Philharmonie and London’s Cadogan Hall. He has since performed as a consort soloist in the following Soli Deo Gloria recordings: Live at Milton Court: Handel Bach Scarlatti, JS Bach: Motets and Love Is Come Again.
He performed the role of “The Shepherd” in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex alongside the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin's Philharmonie, following a performance with the London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican and for the LSO’s CD release. Other recent solos include Handel’s Dixit Dominus for HRH The Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace; Monteverdi’s Vespers in New York’s Carnegie Hall, King’s College Cambridge, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana and the Château de Versailles; Mozart’s Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall and Aldeburgh’s Snape Maltings Concert Hall; Bernstein’s Mass as the “Rock Singer” in the Royal Albert Hall; Handel’s Messiah from memory in Bristol’s Colston Hall; Mendelssohn’s Elijah in London’s St John’s Smith Square; Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri as the “Jüngling” in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus; Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater in Cologne’s Philharmonie and Vienna’s Konzerthaus; Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Trinity College Cambridge; Bach’s Trauerode in Pisa Duomo; Orff’s Carmina Burana from memory in Gloucester Cathedral.
In 2017, to celebrate Monteverdi's 450th anniversary, Gareth performed with the Monteverdi Choir and reprised the aforesaid L'Orfeo roles, the role of "Anfinomo" and covered "Eumete" and "Iro" in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and covered "Lucano", "Soldato Uno" and "Soldato Duo" in L'incoronazione di Poppea in such venues as Barcelona's Palau de la Musica, Venice's Teatro La Fenice and Chicago's Harris Theatre. A special performance of scenes from these operas took place very recently for HRH The Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace.
A former Gentleman of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy Choir, Gareth’s extensive consort singing involves performing with the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, the Eric Whitacre Singers, Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia Voices, RSVP Voices, London Voices, Synergy Vocals, English Voices and Apollo Voices.
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