(Born 13 June 1938)
Gwynne Howell is a Welsh bass who possesses a mellow, well rounded timbre in a voice which makes him a natural in basso cantante roles.
His career has mainly centred around the great English houses where he has been particularly associated with Verdi and Wagner roles.
In 1968 he joined the Sadler's Wells Theatre and then in 1970 he joined the Royal Opera.
During this time he was also a regular guest at the English National Opera and the Welsh National Opera.
His roles have included most of the standard bass roles including Miller, Sparafucile, Ferrando, Padre Guardiano, Phillip II, Landgrave, Hans Sachs, Gurnemanz, etc.
In his seventies he still continues to sing small roles such as Simone in Gianni Schicchi and in 2010 he sang Schigolch in Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera.
His recorded performances includes studio recordings of L'Assedio di Corinto (Jero) in Luisa Miller (Count Walter) and as Capulet in a live recording of I Capuleti e i Montecchi