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Riga Heesom Award (2017)
Ann Ziegler Award (2016)
Richard Newitt Fund (2016)
John Thaw Bursary for Acting (2011)
Bessie Cronshaw Song Cycle Competition (2017)
Eva Turner Competition (2017)
"I must particularly praise Fiona Finsbury and Rebecca Barry in the lead roles. They sang beautifully, had completely mastered some complicated choreography and movement, and characterised and enunciated like seasoned troupers." Robert Beale, www.theartsdesk.com (2018)
Soprano Fiona Finsbury is a recent graduate of the RNCM School of Vocal Studies and Opera, under the tutelage of Jane Irwin.
She has a particular interest in contemporary opera, and recently performed the role of Hanna in the world premiere of Adam Gorb's opera, The Path To Heaven, at the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds.
During her time at the RNCM she performed three leading roles in the main college operas: Gretel, Cendrillon and Métella, as well as fully staged scenes from Il Re Pastore, Peter Grimes and Don Giovanni..
Other operatic roles performed include Elvira in L'italiana in Algeri at the Mananan Opera Festival, conducted by Kevin Thraves, and Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas at Dartington International Festival, conducted by Margaret Faultless. She was a Buxton International Opera Festival Young Artist in 2017, playing a witch in the chorus of Macbeth, conducted by Stephen Barlow.
Prior to her studies at the RNCM, Fiona worked as a professional actor, having graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2011. From 2013-2015 she was in the West End cast of Phantom of the Opera, covering and playing Carlotta. Other roles in Musical Theatre include Susan in Company, Claire in The Secret Garden and Laurey in Oklahoma! She can also be seen in the ITV series 'Victoria', playing the opera singer in the 2017 Christmas Day special episode.
She has been a member of the world's only improvising opera company, 'Impropera', since 2012 and has performed with them at Royal Festival Hall, King's Place, The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum and at Lewis Cubitt Square as part of the Tête-à-Tête festival.
Roles in preparation include: Lulu (Lulu), Agnes (Written on Skin), and Max (Where the Wild Things Are).
Fiona is grateful that her studies at the RNCM were very generously supported by The Leverhulme Arts Trust, The Riga Heesom Award, The Richard Newitt Fund, The John Thaw Bursary as well as Robinson Structures, Miss Adella Charlton and Mrs J Westwood Wilson.
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