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Barbara Cole Walton

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

Canadian

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Controller
Flight (Dove)
Scottish Opera
2018
Giannetta
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
New Generation Festival
2017
Berenice
L'occasione fa il ladro (Rossini)
Raucous Rossini
2017
Chorus
La boheme (Puccini)
Scottish Opera
2017
Chorus
Le villi (Puccini)
Scottish Opera
2017
Baucis
Philemon and Baucis (Gluck)
Bampton Classical Opera
2016
Juno
The Judgment of Paris (Thomas Arne)
Bampton Classical Opera
2016
Chorus
Rusalka (Dvořák)
Scottish Opera
2016
Isabella
L'inganno felice (Rossini)
Raucous Rossini
2015
Thérèse/Tirésias
Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Poulenc)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015
Fanny
La cambiale di matrimonio (Rossini)
Raucous Rossini
2014
Lisette
La rondine (Puccini)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2014
Amore
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2013
Wild Goose
Paul Bunyan (Britten)
British Youth Opera
2013
Fido
Paul Bunyan (Britten)
British Youth Opera
2013
Lucia
The Rape of Lucretia (Britten)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2012
Königin der Nacht
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2012
Chorus
La bohème (Puccini)
Pacific Opera Victoria
2011
Eurydice
Orphée aux Enfers (Offenbach)
FAVA Opera
2010

Operetta/G&S

Chorus
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Scottish Opera
2016

Contemporary Opera

King Olaf
For the Love of Thorstein Shiver (Alex Paxton)
Helios Collective
2016

Chorus

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano Soloist
Stabat Mater (Haydn)
Hutchesons' Choral Society
2017
Soprano Soloist
Johannespassion (Bach)
Edinburgh Bach Choir
2017
Angel
In terra pax (Finzi)
Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
2016
Soprano Soloist
Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns)
Helensburgh Oratorio Choir
2016
Soprano Soloist
Alexander’s Feast (Handel)
Hutchesons' Choral Society
2016
Soprano Soloist
Mass in G major (Schubert)
Hutchesons’ Choral Society
2015
Soprano Soloist
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
Hutchesons’ Choral Society
2015
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Old Bradfieldian Choir
2015
Soprano Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Arbroath Choral Society
2015
Soprano Soloist
Mass In C Minor (Mozart)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2014
Soprano Soloist
Salve Regina in F minor (Pergolesi)
University of Victoria Recital
2011
1st Soprano Soloist
Mass In C Minor (Mozart)
University of Victoria
2009
Soloist
Serenade to Music (Vaughan-Williams)
University of Victoria
2009
Soprano Soloist
Missa Brevis (Kodaly)
University of Victoria
2008

Other

Soprano Soloist
My Illness is the Medicine I Need (Thomas Larcher)
Ensemble KONTRASTE
2016

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Photo credit: James Rose Photography and Video

Photo credit: James Rose Photography and Video

Photo credit: Raphaelle Photography

British Columbia Arts Council: Senior Scholarship (2013) (2014)

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund - Belle Shenkman Scholar for the Study of Arts (2014)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust (2011, 2012, 2013) (2014)

Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award (2014)

Scotland Saltire Scholarship (2011) (2013)

Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (2012)

Competitions

2nd Place - Ye Cronies Opera Award - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2015)

Finalist - Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition (2015)

2nd Place - Ye Cronies Opera Award - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2014)

1st Place - Governors' Recital Prize in Voice - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2012)

Commended - Margaret Dick Award for Voice - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2012)

"I don't know what pitch Cole Walton reached but she walked the stratospheric tightrope with astonishing ease." - Claire Seymour, Opera Magazine (2016)

"Barbara Cole Walton threw off the reams of coloratura with abandon and a lovely sweet tone..." - Opera Scotland (2015)

"The stand-out performance of the evening was Barbara Cole Walton as Thérèse / Tirésias. She managed to keep on top of the soaring score with absolutely sparkling singing." - Kelvin Holdsworth, Opera Britannia (2015)

"Barbara Cole Walton sang the entertainingly skittish maid Lisette." - David Smythe, Bachtrack (2014)

"Barbara Cole Walton was a star turn as the Queen of the Night, managing to get round those so-high top Fs." - David Smythe, Bachtrack (2012)

Master of Music (Opera)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2013–2015
Master of Music (Vocal Performance)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2011–2013
Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance)
University of Victoria, Canada
2006–2010
Classical Music
Malaspina University-College
2005–2006

Canadian coloratura soprano Barbara Cole Walton graduated with distinction from the Alexander Gibson Opera School (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and was listed on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2016 edition.



Her 2017/18 season includes singing Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Diva Opera, Giannetta L'elisir d'amore in the New Generation Festival in Florence, Berenice L'occasione fa il ladro with Raucous Rossini in a tour of the UK and Italy, and covering the Controller Flight (Jonathan Dove) and Naiad/Echo Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss) for Scottish Opera.



Previous operatic performances include singing Baucis Philemon and Baucis (Gluck) and Juno The Judgement of Paris (Arne) with Bampton Classical Opera, Isabella L’inganno felice and Fanny La cambiale di matrimonio with Raucous Rossini, 3rd Wild Goose and cover Fido Paul Bunyan with British Youth Opera, and Eurydice Orphée aux enfers with FAVA Opera. At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she sang the title role in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Lisette in La rondine, and Königin der Nacht. Barbara has also sung chorus in La bohème and The Mikado with Scottish Opera and in La bohème with Pacific Opera Victoria.



Barbara is also a keen recitalist and soloist. Highlights on the concert stage include Handel's Messiah and Alexander's Feast; Bach's St John Passion; Haydn's Stabat Mater; Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C minor, Regina Coeli in C, and Coronation Mass in C major; Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio; Finzi's In terra pax; Schubert’s Mass in G major; and Pergolesi’s Salve regina in F minor.


Engagement with contemporary works include singing the title role in a Scottish Opera workshop of Delia (Tom Cunningham), as well as, the soprano roles in Rough for Opera’s workshop of The Doll Behind the Curtain (Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour). Barbara has performed with the Helios Collective in their Formations 2016, singing King Olaf in the opera For the Love of Thorstein Shiver (Alex Paxton) in London, and with ensemble KONTRASTE, singing My Illness is the Medicine I Need (Thomas Larcher) at the Nürnberg Tafelhalle, Germany. She performed the Canadian premiere of In the Dark (Tafreshipour), sung in Persian, for soprano and 6 clarinets.


Barbara is grateful for the generous support throughout her studies of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, the Hon. Isabel Catto OBE Memorial Scholarship, the Trades House Scholarship, the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, the Anne Clutterbuck Award, the Arnold and Anna Maran Scholarship, the Saltire Scotland Scholarship, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust.


She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Victoria, Canada, where she held the Bea Scott Scholarship in Voice and a British Columbia Arts Council Junior Scholarship.

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