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Joanna Harries

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British, New Zealander

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, German

Opera

Doctor/Mezzo
Refuge in Harmony (Laura Bowler)
Opera Holland Park
2018
Jenny Hildebrand
Street Scene (Kurt Weill)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2018
Der Trommler
Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Viktor Ullmann)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2018
Girl/Psychiatrist
Fever Pitch (Scott Stroman)
Highbury Opera Theatre
2017
Nun
The Fiery Angel (Prokofiev)
Scottish Opera
2017
Ottone
Agrippina (Handel)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017
Le Loup
Les Malheurs D'Orphee (Milhaud)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017
Mezzo-soprano
Le Vin Herbe (Frank Martin)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017
Dido
Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)
Dartington International Summer School
2016
Awen
Gair ar Gnawd (Pwyll ap Sion)
Welsh National Opera
2015
Mrs Jones
Street Scene (Kurt Weill)
Royal Northern College of Music
2015
Mother
Mother (Richard Evans)
Royal Northern College of Music
2015
Giove-in-Diana
La Calisto (Cavalli)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2014
Forester's Wife
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Co-opera Co
2014
Galatea
Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (Handel)
Rohstoff Oper, Berlin
2012
Singer II
Three Tales (Steve Reich)
Ensemble BPM
2010

Operetta/G&S

Praskowia
The Merry Widow (in English) (Lehár)
Royal Northern College of Music
2014
Margot
The Merry Widow (in English) (Lehár)
Opera Danube
2013
Lady Angela
Patience (Sullivan)
G&S Festival, Buxton
2013
Little Buttercup
HMS Pinafore (Sullivan)
Cambridge Arts Theatre
2010

Chorus

Chorus
War and Peace (Prokofiev)
Welsh National Opera
2018
Chorus
Zaza (Leoncavallo)
Opera Holland Park
2017
Chorus
Káťa Kabanová (Janáček)
Opera Holland Park
2017
Chorus
Die Fledermaus (in English) (Johann Strauss II)
Opera Holland Park
2016
Semi-chorus
Gair ar Gnawd (Pwyll ap Sion)
Welsh National Opera
2015

Oratorio/Concerts

Alto solo
Bach Cantatas project (Bach, JS)
Ludus Baroque
2018
Alto solo
Messiah (Handel)
Lincoln Cathedral
2017
Alto solo
Easter Oratorio (J.S. Bach)
Swidnica Bach Festival, Poland
2017
1st Alto solo
Seven Last Words from the Cross (James MacMillan)
BBC Philharmonic & Huddersfield Choral Society
2016
Mezzo-soprano solo
Great Mass in in C Minor (Mozart)
Orchestra of the North & Salford Choral Society
2016
Recital
Song and Lieder (Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Brahms)
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
2016
Mezzo-soprano solo
Sonnet 116 (Mel Douglas)
John Rylands Library, Manchester
2016
Alto solo
Magnificat (C.P.E Bach)
Chester Bach Singers
2016
Alto solo
Maria Theresa Mass (Haydn)
Chester Cathedral
2015
"Introducing" recital series
Various (Various)
Bridgewater Hall
2014

Other

Britten-Pears Young Artist
Wolf songs (Wolf)
Britten-Pears, Snape Maltings
2018
Handel House Talent young artist
various (Handel)
Handel House, London
2018
British Youth Opera workshops
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
British Youth Opera
2016
Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse
Various (Various)
Oxford Lieder Festival
2015

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo - Rohstoff Oper

Agrippina - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Agrippina - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Agrippina - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Der Kaiser von Atlantis - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Der Kaiser von Atlantis - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Der Kaiser von Atlantis - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Die Fledermaus - Opera Holland Park

Gair ar Gnawd - Welsh National Opera

Gair ar Gnawd - Welsh National Opera

Handel & Scarlatti sonatas

Handel House Talent young artist

Handel House Talent young artist

Katya Kabanova - Opera Holland Park

La Cenerentola - Opera Holland Park

Le Vin Herbe - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Mozart C Minor Mass - Orchestra of the North & Salford Choral Society

Sing Russian concert at Pushkin House

Street Scene - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Street Scene - Royal Northern College of Music

Street Scene - Royal Northern College of Music

The Merry Widow - Royal Northern College of Music

Zaza - Opera Holland Park

Edith Brass Prize for Lieder (RCS) (2018)

Tillett Trust (2018)

Hope Scott Trust (2017)

Brian Fletcher Award (Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust) (2016)

Dartington Hall Trust Bursary (2016)

Mario Lanza Foundation Award (2016)

RCS Trust Scholarship (2016)

Ryan Davies Memorial Fund (2016)

Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award (RNCM) (2015)

Manchester Welsh Society Prize (RNCM) (2015)

Alexander Gibson Opera School
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2016–2018
MMus Vocal & Opera Studies
Royal Northern College of Music
2014–2016

Young British-New Zealand mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries was a choral scholar at the University of Cambridge and studied with Jane Irwin at the Royal Northern College of Music before taking up a scholarship to the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to study with Wilma MacDougall.

Joanna’s operatic roles span from early to contemporary opera. Credits include Nun in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera – concert performance); Awen (cover) & Semi-Chorus in the new opera Gair ar Gnawd (Welsh National Opera); Dido/Dido and Aeneas (Dartington International Summer School & Festival); Ottone/Agrippina, Der Trommler/Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Jenny Hildebrand/Street Scene (all Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); and the principal role of Girl/Psychatrist in a new opera based on Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch (Highbury Opera Theatre). She has also worked with Opera Holland Park and Welsh National Opera.

As a concert soloist, performances include Bach’s Easter Oratorio at the Bach Festival Świdnica in Poland, Macmillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross with the BBC Philharmonic and Huddersfield Choral Society at Harrogate Royal Hall; Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral and Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass at Chester Cathedral. Her repertoire includes many of the major oratorios by J.S. Bach, C.P.E Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, through to Dvořák and Vaughan Williams.

A keen recitalist, Joanna is a 2018 Britten-Pears artist and was chosen by Laurence Cummings as one of the six 2017/18 Handel House Talent artists. She is the winner of the first Edith Brass Prize for Lieder at the RCS and has performed programmes of song and Lieder at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of the “Introducing” series at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and a programme of Russian music at Pushkin House. In 2015 she was selected to take part in the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse with pianist Rachel Fright.

Joanna is in demand as a performer of contemporary music, creating roles in several new operas and premiering vocal works by Melissa Douglas (Sonnet 116 at the John Ryland’s Library, Manchester), Michael Betteridge (Dawn Chorus at the Royal Exchange Theatre), and Anna Appleby (winning composition, 2015 Rosamond Prize). She performed as vocal soloist in the UK revival of Steve Reich’s video opera Three Tales (Ensemble BPM) and regularly collaborates with artist Maeve Rendle, performing her works of performance art at Manchester Art Gallery and the Harris Museum in Preston.

An experienced ensemble singer, Joanna was a choral scholar while at Cambridge University and sang with the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge under Stephen Layton. Since then she has performed with ensembles such as Vocalconsort Berlin, was a founder member of the Portrait Choir at the National Portrait Gallery in London and a regular singer with the BBC daily service singers in Manchester.

Joanna is grateful for awards from the Fondation Michelle / Fonds Culturel National Luxembourg, the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund, the Mario Lanza Foundation, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, the Tillett Trust, the Hope Scott Trust, the Dartington Hall Trust, and the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award (RNCM).

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