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Beth Margaret Taylor

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, French

Opera

Marcellina
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
New Generation Festival, Italy
2019
Melanto, Fortuna, Anfinomo
Il Ritorno Di Ulysess in Patria (Monteverdi)
Opéra de Lyon
2019
Queen, Cuckoo,Cat
La Bella Dormente nel Bosco (Respighi)
Opera de Lyon
2018
Arnalta
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Longborough Festival Opera
2018
Rosmira
Partenope (G.F Handel)
Iford Arts Festival
2018
Angelina
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
Edinburgh International Festival: Outreach
2018
Ottone
Agrippina (G.F Handel)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017
Fox, dog, hen, chorus
The Cunning little Vixen (Janáček)
Grimeborn Opera Festival/Arcola Theatre
2017
Carmen
Carmen (Bizet)
Edinburgh Studio Opera
2016
Costanza
'L'isola Disabitata' (Haydn)
Opera Omega, Scotland
2016
2nd Woman/2nd Witch
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
The Kellie Consort
2016
Annina and Flora
'La Traviata (Verdi)
Opera Bohemia, Scotland
2016
Olga
'Eugene Onegin' (Tchaikovsky)
Fife Opera
2016

Contemporary Opera

Old Woman
The Day After (Jonathan Dove)
Royal Conservtoire of Scotland
2018

Chorus

1st Alto Chorus
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
New Generation Festival, Tuscany, ITALY
2017
Alto Chorus
St John Passion (J.S. Bach)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland/Glasgow Cathedral
2016
Alto Chorus
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015
1st Alto Chorus
Sir John in Love (Vaughan-Williams)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015
2nd Alto
The Diary of One Who Disapeared (Janacek)
Student Performance Project
2014
Alto Chorus
'La Rondine' (Puccini)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2014
Alto Chorus
8th Symphony (G. Mahler)
RSNO/Royal Concert Hall/ Usher Hall/Peter Oundjian
2014
Alto Chorus
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Otto Nicolai)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2013

Oratorio/Concerts

Alto Soloist & Ensemble
St John Passion (J.S. Bach)
Caledonian Voices
2017
Alto soloist
Serenade to Music (Vaughan-Williams)
Greenock Philharmonic Society
2017
Alto soloist
Beethoven mass in C (Beethoven)
Greenock Philharmonic Society
2017
Alto soloist
Coronation Mass in C (W.A.Mozart)
Greyfriar's Kirk, Edinburgh
2017
Alto soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
RSNO, SCOTLAND
2017
Alto soloist
Weinachts Oratorium (J.S. Bach)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2016
Mezzo Soloist
Cantata (Stravinsky)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2016
Alto soloist
The Messiah (G.F Handel)
Caird Hall, Dundee: Royal Choral Union/Derek Clark
2016
Alto Soloist & Ensemble
B Minor Mass (J.S. Bach)
The Kellie Consort
2016
Alto soloist
Requiem (W.A.Mozart)
Paisley Abbey/George McPhee
2016
Alto soloist
'Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne' (G.F. Handel)
Paisley Abbey/George McPhee
2016
Alto Soloist & Ensemble
Dixit Dominus (G.F Handel)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015
Alto soloist
Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns)
Caird Hall, Dundee: Royal Choral Union/Derek Clark
2015
Alto soloist
Gloria (Antonio Vivaldi)
Troon Chorus
2015
Alto Soloist & Ensemble
Dixit Dominus (G.F Handel)
Paisley Abbey/George McPhee
2014
Alto soloist
Rejoice in the Lamb (Benjamin Britten)
St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow
2013

Choral

Ensemble
Messiah (Handel)
Dunedin Consort
2017

Other

Masterclass
Jennifer Lamore (Bach/Handel/ various)
Nei Stemmen, Luxembourg
2017
Masterclass
London Masterclasses with Jennifer Larmore (Various)
RNCM, Manchester
2017
Masterclass
Masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby (Haydn)
Hertfordshire Festival of Music
2017
Masterclass
Sir Thomas Allen (British Song Prize final)
London Song Festival 2016
2016
Masterclass
Susan Graham (Saint-Saëns)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2016
Masterclass
Sarah Connolly (G.F Handel)
Genesis Sixteen/RWCMD
2015
Alto Choral Scholarship
Genesis Sixteen (The Sixteen)
UK-Wide
2014
Alto Choral Scholarship
Glasgow Cathedral (The Choir of Glasgow Cathedral)
Glasgow, Scotland

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Der Tod das ist die Kühle Nacht (J. Brahms)

Urlicht (des Knaben Wunderhorn)

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La Traviata, Opera Bohemia 2016

La Traviata, Opera Bohemia 2016

LaBelleauboisdormant 2018

Michael Ferns Photgraphy

Opéra de Lyon 2018

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Robert Burns Photography

Sestina 'Messiah' Dec 2017

Help Musicians UK: Maidment Scholarship (2017)

Countess of Munster Musical Trust Postgraduate Award (2016)

Florence Veith Ibler Excellence Prize (2016)

Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Flemming Award (2016)

South Square Trust Postgraduate Award (2016)

Competitions

Audience Prize: Grandi Voci Competition; Salzburg, Austria (2018)

Audience Prize: John Kerr Award for English Song (2018)

Best Individual Song: John Kerr Award for English Song (2018)

Grace Bumbry Scholarship: Grandi Voci Competition; Salzburg, Austria (2018)

Second Prize and President Renata Scotto Prize: Voce Dal Piemonte Concorso Internazionale, Italy (2018)

WINNER First Prize: Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award; Lugano, Switzerland (2018)

Elgar Spedding Memorial Lieder Prize: First Prize (2017)

Hugh S. Roberton Scots Song Prize: First Prize (2017)

Governor's Recital Prize for Singing: First Prize (2016)

Jean Highgate Scholarship for Singing: Highly Commended (2014)

Gervase Elwes Memorial Trophy (2013)

Ian Barrie Award for Oratorio (2013)

As Eurimene, the disguised Rosmira, Taylor’s thrilling mezzo-soprano has astonishing depth and power which she uses across a palette of remarkable dramatic effects, singing with smooth, compelling energy but also able to shade her voice with whispers or growls, or allowing a near-shout to reach us through a note of anger: Taylor’s ambitiously risk-taking performance was at all times commanding, generally extremely successful, and thoroughly exciting to watch. (Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack) (2018)

Beth Margaret Taylor with the plum role of Rosmira-Handel always gives his best stuff to the wronged woman- made the most of it with a rounded, heartfelt performance that really made you want to rescue her from the frightful Arsace (Robert Thicknesse, Opera News Magazine September 2018 edition) (2018)

Beth Taylor , by turns cuckoo, cat and queen, is already a contralto with a charming voice, deep, round and amber reflections that should be watched. (Elodie Martinez, Opera Online 9th February 2018) (2018)

Beth Taylor not only a commanding queen with hefty chest-notes but a chirpy cuckoo and silkily sung cat as well. (Jonathan Sutherland, Bachtrack.com 11th February) (2018)

Beth Taylor, who plays the queen, the cuckoo and the cat, is a mezzo-soprano with a velvety timbre, and shows a good scenic ease. (Eman Deroeux, Olyrix France) (2018)

I particularly liked the rich mezzo voice of Glaswegian Beth Margaret Taylor, singing the role of Rosmira/Eurimene. Although not without vibrato, she was able to control it when needed, and her acting was one of the highlights of the production." (Andrew Benson-Wilson) "As Rosmira, Beth Margaret Taylor woos and wins everyone in the audience with her expressive performance, subtle from eyebrows to flexible voice." (Fine Times Recorder, 30th June) (2018)

promising mezzo Beth Margaret Taylor is a strong presence both dramatically and musically as the wronged Rosmira (Alexandra Colghan, the Artsdesk) (2018)

"There was gorgeous Monteverdi too, but the highlight of the evening, without a doubt, was the glorious rendering of Psalm 110, Dixit Dominus, by Handel. Each movement held something subtle, something notable, but if I had to pick out the moments, then the striking alto solo section, sung by Beth Taylor with continuo played by Viola de Hoog was pretty special..." (2017)

Keith Bruce, The Herald Scotland 15/01/2017 : "Note the name of mezzo-soprano Beth Taylor, because we should be hearing much more of her. Every soloist in Friday lunchtime’s concert was worth the fullest attention, but Taylor’s relaxed approach to Stravinsky’s Cantata from the early 1950s was quite remarkable. Her tone is beautiful but it was the constant sense of power is reserve, only occasionally hinted at in the score, that was truly impressive. She took this demanding music in her stride in a manner that quite contradicted her tender years" (2017)

Beth Taylor also made her mark as Olga, with some nice contralto tones. "Opera Scotland" Review (2016)

Beth Taylor was the one chorister to take two solo roles as attendant lady and witch, equally accomplished, though clearly differentiated, as were the two witches. "Opera Scotland" Review (2016)

The audience warmly welcomed back Mezzo Soprano Beth Taylor for her second set of songs. Beth has a wonderful voice & a very engaging personality. The audience gave her a rousing reception for her performance. Beth’s future career is destined for great things & we look forward to following her progress in years to come... Aeolian Male Voice Choir, 20/12/2015 (2015)

Opera Studio
Opera de Lyon
2017–2018
MMus Performance: Vocal Studies
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2016–2018
BMus (Hons) First Class: Vocal Studies
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2012–2016
Diploma: Music
The Open University
2011–2012

"Note the name of mezzo-soprano Beth Taylor, because we should be hearing much more of her”
(Keith Bruce, the Herald; January 2017)

Beth Taylor is in her final year of Postgraduate study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Iain Paton. She graduated from the RCS in 2016 with First Class BMus Honours and was awarded the Florence Veitch Ibler Music Prize for Excellence in 2016. In 2012, Beth was the youngest graduate in the UK to be awarded a Diploma in Music and Humanities from the Open University.
Beth has been received numerous awards towards her studies and professional development. She is a grateful recipient of the Help Musicians UK Fleming Award, a Help Musicians UK Maidment Scholarship in 2017 and is also kindly supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the South Square Trust.
In competitions, Beth has won the prestigious Governor’s Recital Prize at RCS in April 2016, the Elgar Spedding Lieder and the Hugh S. Roberton Scottish Song Prizes in 2017. She will be representing the UK in 2018 at the International Vocal Competition s’Hertogenbosch (IVC) in the Netherlands.
Beth has already shown immense potential and has collaborated with many of the UKs foremost professional musicians. She is a soloist and ensemble performer for the Dunedin Consort, Sestina, Genesis Sixteen, Kellie Consort and most recently, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Beth has performed chorus and soloist works in some of the World’s leading music festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Hertfordshire Festival of Music, the New Generation Festival in Italy and the St Magnus Festival in Orkney.

Her operatic roles include Constanza (L’Isola Disabitata, Haydn), Aninna/Flora (La Traviata, Verdi), Olga (Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky) Ottone (Agrippina, Handel) and the Fox (Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek). Upcoming roles in 2018 include Arnalta (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi) with Longborough Festival Opera, Rosmira (Partenope, Handel) with Iford Arts Festival and the Queen/Cuckoo/Cat (La Bella Dormente nel Bosco, Respighi) with Opera De Lyon.

Beth has been fortunate enough to participate in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Sarah Connolly,
Susan Graham, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Emma Kirkby and Jennifer Larmore, whom she now receives further coaching with in Paris.
Beth has also been Glasgow's Under 26 Ambassador Representative for Scottish Opera since 2014, where her passion for opera helps to promote more young people to attend and appreciate operas throughout Scotland. She also has a great interest in the field of ASN music education and outreach work. She was appointed vocal tutor with the Paragon Ensemble in 2014 as a music facilitator for young people with complex additional support needs.

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