Buddug was born in Cardigan, West Wales. Before pursuing her studies she worked in one of her father's butcher shops in Cardigan and won an award for her artistry in the Royal Welsh Show. She received a scholarship from the Welsh Arts Council to study with Maestro d'Angelo in Rome and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she performed Nancy in Flotow's Martha, Fyodor in Boris Godunov, and Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. She subsequently sang Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at Adelina Patti's Opera House, Giacinta in Mozart's La Finta Semplice, directed by Robert Carsen at the Camden Festival, and Meg Page in Falstaff at the Brighton Festival with Giuseppe Taddei. In 1986 she sang at the Glyndebourne Festival and studied at the National Opera Studio where she sang Monteverdi's Poppea conducted by David Parry.

She has sung in the British premieres of Smetana's Devil's Wall, Wolfgang Rihm's Jakob Lenz directed by Pierre Audi and the role of Vitige in Handel's Flavio. Mad Margaret in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore at the Guernsey Festival; for Opera 80 Mercedes in Carmen and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas; for Opera North Fyodor in Boris Godunov; Opera Northern Ireland Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Orlofsky; Mid Wales Opera Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Orlofsky; Dublin Opera Theatre Company. The Contralto in Tom Johnson's Four Note Opera, Hansel and Dardano in Handel's Amadigi (in Ireland, Covent Garden and Buxton Festivals, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, Portugal and the Opera Comique in Paris with Paul Goodwin and the Academy of Ancient Music); Travelling Opera Rosina and Third Lady; Opera Players Rosina; Music Theatre Wales Proserpina in Stephen Oliver's arrangement of Peri's Euridice and Sloper and Hope in the World Premiere of John Woolrich's In The House of Crossed Desires; Camberwell Pocket Opera Angelina in Rossini's Cenerentola and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro; Opera Atelier - the title role in Gluck's Orfeo accompanied by Tafelmusik, conducted by Stephen Barlow. She created the role of Faranesi in Gerald Barry's Intelligence Park for Opera Factory at the Almeida - recorded for BBC (Now on CD NMREC). She made her European debut as Hermia for the Netherlands Opera, directed by Brigitte Fassbaender. She has recorded the roles of Rosina, Maddalena, Mercedes and Second Lady for Operavox Cartoons conducted by Wyn Davies. She has performed in the Middle East, Lithuania, Portugal, Finland, Ireland and the UK in Opera Circus' Commedia Show Kill me I love you, working with David Glass, Marcello Magni, Kathryn Hunter and Monica Pagneaux

Eye color: Green
Hair color: Blonde
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 133lbs


She has performed Gluck's Orfeo for Cleveland Opera, USA, Cherubino in Tokyo and Toronto conducted by Andrew Parrott, Linda in the World Premiere of Deirdre Gribbin and Sharman Macdonald's Hey Persephone for Almeida Opera at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Almeida, Orlofsky for Holland Park Opera, a recital of Spanish Songs in Madrid, Anna in the World Premiere of Jonathan Dove's Tobias and the Angel for Almeida Opera.

Concert repertoire: Mozart's Ch'io mi scordi di te with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra and Jane Glover, the title role in Juditha Triumphans at the Vivaldi Festival, London; Matthaus Passion with Paul Steinitz, Johannes Passion with Thomas Dausgaard, Theodora with Paul McCreesh, Bach Cantatas with John Georgiadis and the London Virtuosi, Beethoven's Mass in C with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Elijah at the Royal National Eisteddfod with Owain Arwel Hughes, Messiah with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Purcell's Dido with Raymond Calcraft at Exeter Cathedral and Dvorak Mass at the Auditorio Nacional, Madrid and the Cathedral in Salamanca. Recitals with Iwan Llywelyn Jones, Raymond Calcraft, and harpist Ieuan Jones She has premiered works by Jonathan Dove, Pwyll ap Sion, Elfyn M Jones, James MacMillan and premiered with the Siobhan Davies Dance Company in Trespass and Affection (a collection of Handel arias arranged by Gerald Barry).

Broadcasts - Television BBC2, S4C. Radio BBC Radio2 and 3, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and Lyric FM.

Prizes - Welsh Singers Competition, Pantyfedwen Eisteddfodau and the Royal National Eisteddfod.

She has undertaken various acting roles for BBC, HTV and S4C.

In 2000/1 Buddug premiered Castradiva - a one-woman show based on the fictional life of a castrato featuring arias by Handel and Gluck at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. She consequently toured Ireland and Wales and performed at numerous music festivals including Buxton, Gower, Tudeley, Beaumaris and Edinburgh. She performed Gerald Barry's Water Parted at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Barry Festival in Dublin, Dejanira in Handel's Hercules at Haddo Hall, Aberdeen, Falla's El Amor Brujo at the Presteigne Festival, and OTC's The Four Note Opera in Düsseldorf. filmed a lead role in a Welsh sitcom for Opus/S4C, was guest artist with Beti George and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, produced an Opera Gala in Trinidad, sang with The Celtic Divas at the Odyssey, Belfast, and directed Pirates of Penzance at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

The James Family performed in a Millennium concert to celebrate Freedom, Celtic Sights and Sounds at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin and before a capacity audience of 72,000 at the Millennium Stadium before the Wales/Ireland Match, and following the success of Castradiva - another World Premiere at Theatr Mwldan -The Family with her siblings and Irish baritone Joe Corbett, accompanied by Andrew Wilson-Dickson. In December 2001 The James Family raised £2400 for Theatr Mwldan.

S4C commissioned a 60 minute documentary on the James Family. In August of 2001 - Buddug and her sister Eirian were received into Gorsedd y Beirdd and awarded the highest accolade of Y Wisg Wen (the White Robe) at the National Eisteddfod. Buddug teaches voice at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

2002/3 engagements; Castradiva in Mold, Hemel Hempstead, Bath, Darlington, Swansea, Isle of Man and Swaledale Festival, Mozart's Mass in C Minor for Dundee Choral Union, a recital of arias written for the Castrati, directing Acis and Galatea and Ruddigore for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the role of Ella on S4C's Pobol y Cwm, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder at the Spitalfields Festival, directing and performing Dejanira in Handel's Hercules with the Early Music Ensemble of the RWCMD, a recital at the European Conference in Aberystwyth, guest artist with the Manchester Camerata at Cholmondley Castle, Les Miserables in Miniature celebrating Victor Hugo's life and work in Guernsey, performing in a tribute concert to Meic Stevens with her sisters Eirian and Elin at the National Eisteddfod, singing the Chairing of the Bard at the National Eisteddfod with Eirian, Servilio in Cavalli's Pompeo Magno in Croatia, Verdi Requiem in Wells Cathedral and a concert with her family to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the artist Thomas Jones' birth for the National Museum of Wales at the Reardon Smith Concert Hall.

In 2003/4 Castradiva visited Scotland, Croatia, Buxton Festival, Sligo Early Music Festival and Cardiff. Buddug performed Les Miserables in Miniature for Lampeter Music Society, Handel's Messiah with Gesture in Pontypridd and Blackwood, Handel Arias at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff - both with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra led by Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Dejanira in Handel's Hercules at the Swaledale Festival, the Contralto in The Four Note Opera for Opera Theatre Company in Ireland and the Buxton Festival, directed Orpheus in the Underworld and Dido and Aeneas at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and played her first Shakespeare role - Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

2005 Engagements; Mary Magdalene in Le Due Passioni by Ziani (British Premiere - 300th Anniversary) with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra in Cardiff, St David's Day Recital (accompanied by Ben Bayl) at Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Spanish Song Recitals (accompanied by Andrew Wilson-Dickson) at St.David's Hall, Cardiff and Rhosygilwen Mansion , A Celebration of Cultures Recitals (accompanied by Dearbhla Collins) in Dublin and Wales, Side by Side by Sondheim with Wyn Davies, Castradiva at the Clonmel Junction and Bewdley Festivals, premiere of a Song Cycle by Pwyll ap Sion at the Gower Festival, Assistant director on Cosi fan tutte for English Touring Opera, directing and performing in Handel's Hercules in Cardiff and Croatia with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra, guest artist on Ray Gravell and Frank Hennessey's "I'll show you mine" - BBC Radio Wales and guest artist at Night Out's 25th Anniversary Celebrations at the WMC.


Engagements; A Knife at the Opera – Buddug’s second one-woman show (Theatr Mwldan/Opera Cocktail co-production, ACW Funded) toured to 15 venues including the Opera Fringe, Beaumaris and Buxton Festivals. Castradiva visited the Exeter Festival, Handel House, Wycombe Swan Theatre and celebrated it’s 50th performance at Theatr Mwldan. Buddug worked for the BBC in concert and voice over work for the JAM interactive education programme. Buddug was the guest speaker pre Siobhan Davies Dance Company's In Plain Clothes in Cardiff, and in the summer released her new CD Songs of the People to critical acclaim.


Engagements; A Knife at the Opera at Wilton’s Music Hall, Theatre Royal (Bury St Edmunds), The Stables (Milton Keynes), Theatr Brycheiniog (Brecon), Theatr y Werin (Aberystwyth), Newbury Spring Festival, Court Theatre (Tring), Ammanford Miner’s Theatre and Beaufort Theatre (Ebbw Vale). Soloist at the Royal Welsh Show, Castradiva at the Chelsea Arts Club and Tenby Festival, Develomania with Stephen Powell at Lanternhouse International, Concerts with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra, a recital at the Lane Gallery Dublin with Dearbhla Collins, Messiah with Gesture with the Bristol Choral Society, filming two roles for the BBC, premiering and touring as Mrs Fitzherbert in Bridgetower (a new Jazz opera by Julian Joseph) for English Touring Opera and the City of London Festival and premiering her new one-woman show Find me a primitive man.


Engagements; For Theatr peña Singer and Beggar Woman in Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Famous Actress in A Matter of Husbands by Ferenc Molnar (Welsh Language) and Poseidon in Euripides’ The Trojan Women. Castradiva at the Laugharne Weekend and A Knife at the Opera at the Royal Pavilion (Llangollen), Townhill Theatre (Swansea), Torch Theatre (Milford Haven), Bath Spa University and Lampeter Music Society. Falla’s El Amor Brujo in Todmorden, The Blue Fairy in Pinocchio by Peter Doran and James Williams at the Torch Theatre, Masterclasses on interpretation at Trinity College, Carmarthen, Swansea Metropolitan University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and directing Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Welsh Baroque Orchestra.

Recordings - Thomas Chilcot songs with Charles Daniels, James Ottaway, Andrew Wilson-Dickson and the Welsh Baroque Orchestra (Meridian CDE84428), Arias by Handel and Gluck featured in Castradiva (Fflach CD237L), The James Sisters sing Gospel (Fflach CD258H) and a NEW RELEASE Caneuon y Werin/Songs of the People - Folk Songs from the British Isles and America arranged by Haydn, Howells, Tate, Wilson-Dickson, Pwyll ap Sion, James MacMillan and Jonathan Dove (Fflach CD295H) (Click here to buy)


Engagements; Castradiva at the Torch Theatre and Mozambique, Premieres of Cut my Shadow –  songs based on Lorca poems composed by Jonathan Dove ( with the kind support of the PRS Foundation) premiered in recitals of Spanish Song at the Swaledale Festival, Buxton Festival and Trinity Festival (Carmarthen). Directing and producing Bizet’s Carmen at Rhosygilwen performed by Buddug's students, Sipho Fubesi, Cor Crymych and Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Costumes Hannah Carey. Fundraising Concert for the Urdd with Wynne Evans and Iwan Davies. Handel’s Messiah in Cardigan conducted by Iwan Davies, Lorca recital for Theatr peña at the Riverfront Theatre (Newport),  Directing and producing Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Rhosygilwen. Adjudicator at the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales.

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