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Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel – Grand Prix (2015)
Independent Opera Voice Scholarship (2015)
Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize – winner (2016)
"Jeunes Espoirs" competition, Opéra Grand Avignon – Audience Prize and "Banque Chaix" prize (2015)
Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards – second prize (2015)
Chartered Surveyors' Award for Voice (GSMD) – First Prize and Audience Prize (2014)
Grace Durham is an award-winning young mezzo-soprano and a National Opera Studio Young Artist 2016/17. Born in London, she trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Susan Waters before joining the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Patricia Hay. Awards include the Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize 2016, Second Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2015, Audience Prize and “Banque Chaix” Prize at the Opéra Grand Avignon Jeunes Espoirs competition 2015, and First Prize and Audience Prize at the GSMD Chartered Surveyors’ Award for Voice 2014. She also holds a first-class honours degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from Clare College, Cambridge.
Grace’s operatic roles include, most recently, Dorabella Così fan tutte (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), as well as Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Owl The Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera), Moppet Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera), and Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both Cambridge University). In 2016, she joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera for a second season as cover Frantík The Cunning Little Vixen and as a member of the chorus in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Le nozze di Figaro and Béatrice et Bénédict, having started in 2015 in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. As a member of the National Opera Studio, she will perform in showcases of operatic extracts at Opera North, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera as well as various London venues.
Grace is also an active recitalist both in France and in the UK, and particularly in the French 20th-century repertoire. In 2015, she was awarded the Académie Ravel Grand Prix for her performances of Ravel’s Shéhérazade and invited composer Thierry Escaich’s Visions Nocturnes, and together with French-Canadian pianist Juliane Gallant devised and performed Sous le ciel de Paris, a cabaret concert celebrating Francis Poulenc, Jean Cocteau and Edith Piaf, at the St James Studio in London. As a concert soloist, her repertoire includes Bach Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Mahler Resurrection Symphony and Duruflé Requiem. Later this year, she will make her recital début with pianist Philippe Biros at the Les Journées Ravel festival in Montfort-L’Amaury, France, and at the Opéra Grand Avignon with soprano Marie Perbost and pianist Hélène Blanic.
Grace’s time at the National Opera Studio is generously supported by the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme and Peter and Helen Blumer; her conservatoire studies were supported by an Independent Opera Vocal Scholarship 2015, the RCS Trust and a Guildhall School Scholarship donated by Philip Rudge and Dr Michael Shipley.
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