B i o g r a p h y
Born and raised in Leeds, Beth is a recent Young Artist for the Opéra National de Lyon, Les Azuriales Festival and a ENOA/Britten Pears Scholar having completed her studies at the National Opera Studio. Previously, Beth gained an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music's International Opera School where she studied with Dinah Harris and a Masters (Distinction) from the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Catherine Wyn Rogers.
On stage, Beth has performed the roles of Mercedes (Bizet's Carmen), Mother/Sandman (Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel),
Dorabella (Mozart's Cosi fan tutte), L'enfant (Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges), Laura (Tchaikovsky's Iolanta), Penelope (Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria), 2nd Lady (The Magic Flute), Ella (Huw Watkins' In the locked room), Hermia (Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream), Lapak/Woodpecker/Grasshopper (Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen), Sally (Arne's Thomas and Sally), Rosimonda (Handel's Faramondo, London Handel Festival 2017), Maurya (Riders to the Sea), Nancy (Albert Herring), 3rd Boy (Die Zauberflöte) Frau Viehmann, the Witch and Granny in the European premier of Canadian composer Dean Burry’s chamber opera The Brothers Grimm, Juno/Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld).
Beth has covered the roles of Mrs Olsen in Weill's Street Scene for Opera North, Woodpecker in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen and 2nd Bridesmaid in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Stewardess in Jonathan Dove's Flight with Opera Holland Park.
Oratorio engagements include: Mendelssohn's Elijah, Elgar's The Music Makers, Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Dvořák’s Mass in D, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Haydn's Stabat Mater.
Beth has participated in masterclasses with Sir Antonio Pappano, Pamela Bullock and Julia Faulkner with Britten Pears, Kristine Opolais at the Royal Opera House, Brigitte Fassbaender at the Wigmore Hall, Sir Thomas Allen, Ann Murray, David Poutney and Roger Vignoles.
Along with her passion for classical and operatic singing, Beth has a strong love of both jazz and musical theatre. Having started as a jazz singer, Beth performed in numerous venues across Leeds including Leeds Town Hall. She has also been involved in several musicals taking the parts of Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, Miss Sherman in Fame, Grace Farrell in Annie, Bet in Oliver! and creating the role of Medusa in contemporary musical Fleeced! by Matthew Pauley and James Golborn.
When not singing, Beth plays cricket for Hampstead Women's Cricket Club and enjoys settling into her favourite armchair with a good book and a cup of tea (/gin & tonic!).
Beth has been generously supported by the Lionel Anthony Charitable Trust, John Lawrence Memorial Trust, Chris and Lorna Bown, Revd John Wates, Chris Ball and the late Commander and Mrs Vigrass.