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Joanne Roughton-Arnold

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

New Zealander, British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, German, French

Opera

Crear Scholar
French Opera Masterclass with Malcolm Martineau (Bizet)
Crear Space to Create
2017
La Fioraia
I Gioielli della Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari)
Opera Holland Park
2013
La Zia
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Opera Holland Park Christine Collins Young Artist
2013
Soloist
Masterclass with Rosalind Plowright (Various)
London Master Classes
2007
Methodist Preacher (soprano solo)
A Pastoral Messiah (staged Messiah) (Handel)
Unexpected Opera
2012
Soloist
Masterclass with Nelly Miricioiu (Various)
London Master Classes
2005
Gilda
Rigoletto (Verdi)
Grand Pavillion, Porthcawl
2011
Morgana
Alcina (Handel)
Theatre Elli, Llanelli
2011
Marguerite
Faust (Gounod)
Theatre Elli, Llanelli
2011
Annina
La Traviata (Verdi)
Chelsea Opera Group
2010
Norina
Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Morley Opera
2009
Euridice
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach)
Morley Opera
2008
Fiordiligi
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2005

Contemporary Opera

Iris
Iris Dreaming (Gillian Whitehead)
Adam Chamber Music Festival, New Zealand
2017
Iris
Iris Dreaming (Gillian Whitehead)
Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre
2016
Semele
Dionysos (Roberto David Rusconi)
Royal Opera House: Research & Development Workshop
2015
Sarah Whitehead
English Eccentrics (Malcolm Williamson)
Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
2006

Art Song

Crear Scholar
Song Masterclass with Malcolm Martineau (Walton, Poulenc, Duparc, Richard Strauss)
Crear Space to Create
2018
Soprano
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Schubert)
Wigmore Hall (RNIB Concert)
2015
Soprano
Masterclass with Matthew Wadsworth (Richard Strauss)
Wigmore Hall
2013
Recitalist
A Recital of Songs and Arias (Whithead, Lilburn, Rachmaninov, Gounod, Strauss)
Godolphin and Latymer School
2016
Recitalist
Songs with Clarinet & Piano (Schubert, Spohr, Vaughan Williams, Greaves)
Treasury Music Society
2015
Recitalist
Lieder (Liszt, Richard Strauss)
Treasury Music Society
2014
Recitalist
Song Recital (Mozart, Rachmaninov, Oliver Knussen, Duparc)
Kimbolton Music Society
2009
Recitalist
Song Recital (Mozart, Rachmaninov, Oliver Knussen, Duparc)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2006
Recitalist
Song Recital (Mozart, Rachmaninov, Oliver Knussen, Duparc)
St Georges Church, Hannover Square
2006
Recitalist
Song Recital (Gillian Whitehead, Mozart, Tchaikovsky)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2004

Chorus

Chorus
Tannhäuser (Wagner)
Longborough Festival Opera
2016
Chorus
Norma, Adriana Lecouvrer (Bellini, Cilea)
Opera Holland Park
2014
Chorus
Les pêcheurs de perles, Madama Butterfly (Bizet, Puccini)
Opera Holland Park
2013
Chorus
Evgeney Onegin, Falstaff (Tchaikovsky, Verdi)
Opera Holland Park
2012
Chorus
La Wally (Catalani)
Opera Holland Park
2011
Chorus
Carmen (Bizet)
Opera Holland Park
2010

Oratorio/Concerts

Soprano soloist
9th (Choral) Symphony (Beethoven)
Goldsmiths, University of London
2016
Soloist
Artificial Night (Lisa Illean)
Octandre Ensemble in association with New Dots
2015
Soprano Soloist
Magnificat (Cecilia McDowall)
Teddington Choral Society
2014
Soprano Soloist
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Teddington Choral Society
2014
Soprano Soloist
Various (Mozart, Gounod, Lilburn)
Concert in aid of Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
2013
Soprano II Soloist
Mass in b minor (Bach)
Bedford School Choral Society
2008
Soprano Soloist
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
Bedford School
2007
Soprano Soloist
Dreamland (Andrew Downes)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2005
Soprano Soloist
Commiato (Luigi Dallapiccola)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2004
Soprano Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Bedford Messiah Choir
2003

Various/Mixed

Vocalist with British Paraorchestra
The Nature of Why (Will Gregory)
Perth Festival, Australia
2019
Vocalist with British Paraorchestra
Kraftwerk: Re-werk (Lloyd Coleman & Charlotte Harding)
Brighton Dome
2018
Vocalist with British Paraorchestra
Kraftwerk: Re-werk (Lloyd Coleman & Charlotte Harding)
Marble Factory, Bristol
2018
Vocalist with British Paraorchestra
Kraftwerk: Re-werk (Lloyd Coleman & Charlotte Harding)
The Anvil, Basingstoke
2018
Vocalist with British Paraorchestra
The Nature of Why (Will Gregory)
Mayfest: Bristol Old Vic
2018
Vocalist with British Paraorchestra
Kraftwerk: Re-werk (Lloyd Coleman & Charlotte Harding)
Simple Things Festival: Colston Hall, Bristol
2017
Soloist
Masterclass with Dennis O'Neill (Donizetti)
Porthcawl
2011

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Berg - Lied der Lulu - Lulu

Bizet - Me voilà seule... Comme autrefois - Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Gillian Whitehead - Awa Herea, The Berries - Awa Herea (Braided Rivers)

Interview with Eva Radich for Radio NZ Concert's Upbeat: Kiwi soprano premieres feminist opera

Rossini - Come dolce all'alma mia - Tancredi

Walton - The Lord Mayor's Table

Chorus - La Wally ⓒ Fritz Curzon

Chorus in Yevgeny Onegin ⓒ Fritz Curzon

Interview with Emma Keeling for Television New Zealand Breakfast

Iris in Iris Dreaming ⓒ Cathy Pyle

Iris in Iris Dreaming ⓒ Cathy Pyle

Iris in Iris Dreaming ⓒ Cathy Pylein Iris Dreaming ⓒ Cathy Pyle

Joanne Roughton-Arnold ⓒ John Batten

Joanne Roughton-Arnold ⓒ John Batten

Joanne Roughton-Arnold ⓒ Larklight Photography

Joanne Roughton-Arnold ⓒ Rob Arnold

Joanne Roughton-Arnold ⓒ Rob Arnold

La Fioraia in I Gioielli della Madonna ⓒ Robert Workman

La Fioraia in I Gioielli della Madonna ⓒ Robert Workman

Sarah Whitehead in English Eccentrics ⓒ Christian Payne

Sarah Whitehead in English Eccentrics ⓒ Christian Payne

Sarah Whitehead in English Eccentrics ⓒ Christian Payne

Treasury Music Society, The Churchill Room

Arts Council England Grants for the Arts to produce Iris Dreaming at Grimeborn 2016 (2016)

Creative New Zealand Arts Grant to commission a one-woman chamber opera from Dame Gillian Whitehead (2015)

Concordia Foundation (2009)

Snowdon Award Scheme (2008)

Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Fund (2007)

Snowdon Award Scheme (2007)

Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Fund (2006)

Snowdon Award Scheme (2006)

Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Fund (2005)

Birmingham Conservatoire Postgraduate Certificate Prize (2004)

Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Fund (2004)

Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Fund (2003)

Elizabeth Eagle Bott Memorial Fund (2002)

Trinity College of Music Sainsbury Rigby Scholarship (1999)

"'An unforgettable premiere... A superb operatic performance that deserves to be repeated throughout New Zealand." Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail (2017)

"Joanne Roughton-Arnold has really inhabited this role... a really compelling performance." Elizabeth Kerr speaking on Radio New Zealand Concert's Upbeat (2017)

"I can't think when I've ever seen something I've written so spectacularly embodied." Fleur Adcock CNZM OBE, librettist for Iris Dreaming (2016)

"Joanne Roughton-Arnold, one of Ms Miricioiu’s pupils, sounded like a possible Violetta of the future while taking the small role of Annina." Jim Pritchard, http://www.musicweb-international.com/ (2010)

'The five soloists (...) were sleek in their professionalism. Led by Catherine Bott (...), skilfully partnered by Joanne Roughton-Arnold in her Choral Society debut, and surely assuring herself a return engagement (...) they would have graced any performance of the piece." David Lawrence-March, The Ousel (2008)

MMus (Voice)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2004–2006
Postgraduate Certificate (Voice)
Birmingham Conservatoire
2003–2004
Postgraduate Certificate (Violin)
Trinity College of Music
1999–2000

A lyric coloratura soprano with a flair for contemporary music, a range of over three octaves and a taste for a challenge, Joanne Roughton-Arnold emigrated from New Zealand to the UK to pursue a career as a violinist. She began her vocal studies with Esther Salaman and Paul Hamburger while a postgraduate violinist at Trinity College of Music, London, before going on to become a prize-winning vocal student at Birmingham Conservatoire, then continuing her studies with renowned operatic soprano Nelly Miricioiu and international vocal coach David Harper.

She is passionate about showcasing New Zealand music to a wider audience. In 2015 she commissioned Gillian Whitehead and Fleur Adcock to write "Iris Dreaming", a one-woman chamber opera based on the life of celebrated NZ writer and feminist, Iris Wilkinson. She performed and produced the world première as part of the 2016 Grimeborn Festival at London’s Arcola Theatre, with Sara Brodie directing and Jonathan Hargreaves conducting the Octandre Ensemble. In February 2017 she gave the New Zealand premiere of "Iris Dreaming" in partnership with NZTrio in a special adaptation for Nelson’s prestigious Adam Chamber Music Festival.

Other recent performances include world premieres of "The Nature of Why" (Bristol Old Vic, Southbank Centre) and "Kraftwerk: Re-werk" (Colston Hall, Bristol) with the British Paraorchestra under Charles Hazelwood. In 2015 she made her first appearance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the virtuosic role of Semele in a research and development workshop on Roberto David Rusconi’s new opera, "Dionysos". She gave the world première of Lisa Illean’s "Artificial Night" with the Octandre Ensemble and has made concert appearances at HM Treasury (Churchill Room) and Handel House Museum.

Her operatic credits include Annina in "La Traviata" with the Chelsea Opera Group and Nelly Miricioiu (Queen Elizabeth Hall), La Zia in "Madama Butterfly" with Opera Holland Park (Christine Collins Young Artist), Methodist Preacher in "A Pastoral Messiah" (Unexpected Opera) and Sarah Whitehead in Malcolm Williamson’s "English Eccentrics" under Lionel Friend.

She was a Crear Scholar in 2017 and 2018, participating in Malcolm Martineau’s annual residential masterclass on the west coast of Scotland. Future plans include "Hotspur" for the 2019 Grimeborn Festival, a UK tour of "Kraftwerk: Re-werk" with the British Paraorchestra and "The Nature of Why" for the Perth Festival, Australia.

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