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Sidonie Winter was born and educated in London. She began her professional career whilst at university, going on to win a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. She trained as a mezzo-soprano and won several prestigious prizes including a Countess of Munster Award and the English Song Prize. After leaving the Academy she sang at the Wexford Festival, was a founder member of the New D’Oyly Carte singing the role of Leila in Iolanthe, and then joined Opera North where she also understudied several roles including Siebel Faust and La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi. Sidonie made her debut at the Proms as Lady Angela Patience.
When she left Opera North to join the BBC Singers she began studying with a new teacher who encouraged her to retrain as a spinto soprano. She went on to the National Opera Studio in this fach. As a soprano she sang Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte for the Walton Foundation in Italy, Countess Le Nozze di Figaro at Aldeburgh, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Sieglinde Walküre (in concert) Gerhilde Walküre, Lady Billows Albert Herring, The Four Last Songs, and High Priestess Aida for the Royal Opera. Most recently she performed the dramatic mezzo role of Eboli in Don Carlos.
Sidonie’s concert and oratorio repertoire is extensive. She has appeared at major venues throughout the UK including the South Bank, Royal Albert Hall and St.John’s, Smith Square. She has performed most of the major oratorios, some as both mezzo and soprano and still performs in recital. Increasingly however she is in demand as a mezzo and now works most often in that voice, as both soloist and ensemble singer. She regularly performs in the Extra Chorus for the Royal Opera, and in professional church choirs. She has appeared as guest soloist with Sussex brass bands Brass Fusion, Uckfield and Warbleton Bands for their Last Night of the Proms-style concerts each summer. In these concerts she appears in her Union flag dress and for Rule Britannia dons helmet and shield too.
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