Fiona Mackay

Fiona Mackay

Mezzo-Soprano

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«thrilLing darker hues»
MusIc omh (2016)
«Sharpely observed and charmingly sung»
The Telegraph (2016)
2016Puccini: Il tabarroFrugola
2016Purcell: Dido and AeneasSorceress
2015Puccini: Suor AngelicaThe Abbess
2014Britten: The Turn of the ScrewMrs Grose
2013Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginPrincess Olga
2012Mozart: Die ZauberflöteDritte Dame (Third Lady)

Bio


 Mezzo-soprano Fiona Mackay studied music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and is a graduate of Royal Academy Opera, where she was generously supported by The Sickle Foundation. She currently studies with Sarah Pring.

Fiona has recently finished playing Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard and Pitti-Sing in the Mikado on the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company Tour. For the company she also played Lady Sangazure in The Sorcerer and Edith in the Pirate of Penzance.

Fiona has also been a principal at Opera Holland Park, appearing as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw in 2014 and La Badessa in Suor Angelica in 2015. Other recent highlights include singing the roles of Maman and La Libellule in a concert performance of Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges with Stephane Denève and the BBC symphony orchestra, Rosina in Haydn's La Vera Costanza conducted by Trevor Pinnock and Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin conducted by Jane Glover.

Other operatic roles include Second and Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Popova in Walton’s the Bear, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Maurya in Riders to the Sea, conducted by Peter Robinson, Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, and Lady Bertram in the London première production of Dove’s Mansfield Park.

Fiona's solo concert work has included performances at the Spitalfields, Dartington, York and Bath Music Festivals, and on BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. Her oratorio repertoire includes Elgar Sea Pictures, Verdi Requiem and Handel Messiah.



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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Il tabarro Frugola 1 week Melos Sinfonia 2016
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas Sorceress 1 Day Hamstead Garden Opera 2016
Puccini: Suor Angelica The Abbess 1 Day Opera Holland Park 2015
Britten: The Turn of the Screw Mrs Grose 1 Day Opera Holland Park 2014
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Princess Olga 1 Day Royal Academy Opera 2013