The Welsh bass Gwynne Howell studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He became a member of the Royal Opera in 1972, and has sung most of the major bass roles with the company. He has also enjoyed a long association with ENO, where his many successes have included Hans Sachs, Gurnemanz, King Philip, and Bluebeard, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
His international career has included New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Paris, Geneva, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne. In concert he has worked throughout the world with conductors such as Abbado, Giulini, Muti, Bernstein, Boulez, Barenboim, Levine, Haitink, Mehta, Davis, and Ozawa. His many recordings include Mahler 8 with Ozawa, Messiah with Solti, Tristan with Goodall, and Beethoven 9 with Masur.
World premieres include The Tempest by Thomas Adès and The Silver Tassie by Mark Anthony Turnage.
Recent engagements included Gianni Schicchi and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for the Royal Opera House and Billy Budd and Julietta for English National Opera, and Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne.
Gwynne Howell was awarded a CBE in 1998.