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Photo: Clare Park

Grace Durham

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

Germany

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German, French

Opera

Cherubino
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Semperoper Dresden
2018
Mercédès
Carmen (Bizet)
Semperoper Dresden
2018
Annio, Dorabella, Arminda
La clemenza di Tito, Così, La finta giardiniera (Mozart)
Opera North (National Opera Studio)
2016
Frantik
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2016
Dorabella
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2016
Cherubino
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015
Solo quartet
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2015
Owl
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Garsington Opera
2014
Rosina
The Barber of Seville (in English) (Rossini)
Bloomsbury Opera
2014
Poppea
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Théâtre de Fontainebleau (GSMD)
2014
Angelina
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2014
Minsk Woman
Flight (Dove)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2014
Lazuli
L'étoile (Chabrier)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2013
Moppet
Paul Bunyan (Britten)
British Youth Opera
2013

Contemporary Opera

Sabina Spielrein
Sabina Spielrein (Errolyn Wallen)
Wilton's Music Hall (National Opera Studio)
2017
Joy 3
Jimal Jimal (My Beautiful Camel) (Joanna Marsh)
Wilton's Music Hall (National Opera Studio)
2017

Art Song

Soprano II/Alto
Mass in B Minor (Bach)
Merton College, Oxford
2015
Mezzo
Shéhérazade (Ravel)
Les Journées Ravel de Montfort-L'Amaury
2016
Mezzo
Works by Fauré, Duparc, Chausson, Britten (various)
Les Journées Ravel de Montfort-L'Amaury
2016
Mezzo
Italienisches Liederbuch (Wolf)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2016
Mezzo
Visions Nocturnes (Thierry Escaich)
Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel
2015
Mezzo
The Voice of Desire (Judith Weir)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2015
Mezzo
Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2014
Mezzo
Sea Pictures (Elgar)
Barbican Hall (GSMD recital series)
2013
Mezzo
Canticle II – Abraham and Isaac (Britten)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2013
Mezzo
Les nuits d'été (Berlioz)
Clare College Great Hall
2012

Chorus

Chorus
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2016
Chorus
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2016
Chorus
Béatrice et Bénédict (Berlioz)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2016
Chorus
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2015
Chorus
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Garsington Opera
2014
Chorus
Fidelio (Beethoven)
Garsington Opera
2014
Chorus
Maometto II (Rossini)
Garsington Opera
2013
Chorus
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
Garsington Opera
2013

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano II/Alto Soloist
Gloria, Dixit Dominus (Vivaldi)
St Mildred's Church, Croydon (YCAT)
2016
Alto Soloist
Magnificat (Pergolesi)
St Mildred's Church, Croydon (YCAT)
2016
Alto Soloist
St John Passion (Bach)
St Mungo's Cathedral, Glasgow
2016
Soprano II/Alto Soloist
Mass in B Minor (Bach)
Merton College, Oxford
2015
Mezzo Soloist
Symphony no. 2 (Mahler)
Merton College, Oxford
2015
Mezzo Soloist
Requiem (Duruflé)
Merton College, Oxford
2014
Alto Soloist
St Matthew Passion (Bach)
Merton College, Oxford
2014

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel – Grand Prix (2015)

Independent Opera Voice Scholarship (2015)

Competitions

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)

Young Artist
National Opera Studio
2016–2017
Alexander Gibson Opera School
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2014–2016
Artist Masters in Vocal Performance
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2012–2014
BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages – French and Italian
Clare College, University of Cambridge
2008–2012

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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