Joanna Harries

Joanna Harries

Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

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2016Purcell: Dido and AeneasDido
2000Stravinsky: The Rake's ProgressBaba the Turk
2000Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamHippolyta
2000Cavalli: La CalistoGiove-in-Diana
2000Mozart: RequiemAlto soloist
2000Mozart: Vesperae solennes de confessore K. 339Alto soloist
2000Haydn: Mass No. 11, Hob. XXII/11, D minor (Nelson Mass)Alto soloist
2000Bach C.P.E.: Magnificat, Wq. 215, H. 772Alto soloist
2000Haydn: Mass No. 12, Hob. XXII/12, B-flat major (Theresienmesse)Alto soloist
2000Janáček : The Cunning Little VixenForester's wife
2000Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)Alto soloist
2000Bach J.S.: Mass, BWV 232, B minorAlto soloist
2000Vaughan WIlliams: Serenade to MusicMezzo


Young British mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries grew up in South Wales and studied at the University of Cambridge and with Jane Irwin at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2016 she took up a scholarship to the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is currently completing her studies with Wilma MacDougall.

Joanna’s operatic roles span from early to contemporary opera. Credits include Dido/Dido and Aeneas (Dartington International Summer School & Festival) with Margaret Faultless, Robert Howarth & Hilary Summers; and Awen (cover) & Semi-Chorus in the new opera Gair ar Gnawd (Welsh National Opera). Other roles include Ottone/Agrippina, Le Loup/Les Malheurs d’Orphée and Mezzo-soprano/Le vin herbé (all Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Mrs Jones/Street Scene (Royal Northern College of Music); Giove-in-Diana/La Calisto (Hampstead Garden Opera); Forester’s Wife/The Cunning Little Vixen (Co-Opera Co); La maestra delle novizie/Suor Angelica (Manchester Opera Ensemble); Margot/The Merry Widow (Opera Danube at St. John’s Smith Square, London); and Baba the Turk/The Rake’s Progress (Cambridge University). In 2017 Joanna performs Second Lady/The Magic Flute (Vivo d’Arte at the Frogmore Paper Mill), returns for her second season with Opera Holland Park and creates the role of Girl in the new opera Fever Pitch based on Nicky Hornby’s novel (Highbury Opera Theatre).

As a concert soloist, recent and upcoming appearances include first alto soloist in Macmillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross with the BBC Philharmonic and Huddersfield Choral Society at Harrogate Royal Hall conducted by David Angus, alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral and Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass at Chester Cathedral; and Bach’s Magnificat and Easter Oratorio at the Bach Festival Świdnica in Poland conducted by Paul Goodwin. She has performed the solos in many of the great oratorios by Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart. Performances last year included C.P.E. Bach Magnificat, Handel Messiah, Haydn Nelson Mass, Mozart C Minor Mass, Requiem and Solemn Vespers, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Vivaldi Gloria.

A keen recitalist, Joanna 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 as part of the “Sing Russian” scheme. In 2015 she was selected to take part in the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse with duo partner Rachel Fright, where they performed in masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Robert Holl, Imogen Cooper and Ann Murray.

Joanna specialises in performing contemporary music, both opera and song. She has created roles in several new operas, including Gair ar Gnawd (Welsh National Opera) and vocal soloist in the UK revival of Steve Reich’s video opera Three Tales (Ensemble BPM). She has premiered vocal works by Michael Betteridge (Dawn Chorus at the Royal Exchange Theatre), Melissa Douglas (Sonnet 116 at the John Ryland’s Library, Manchester), and Anna Appleby (winning composition, 2015 Rosamond Prize). She also regularly collaborates with artist Maeve Rendle, performing her works of performance art at The Manchester Contemporary, 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.

Education and outreach work is important to Joanna, and she has worked as a singer on projects with Opera North’s “In Harmony” scheme (the Witch in an adaptation of Hansel and Gretel for school children) and Opera Holland Park’s “Inspire” scheme (working with young refugees from the Red Cross, and workshops for school children on Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).

Joanna is grateful for awards from the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, the Ryan Davies Memorial Fund, the Mario Lanza Foundation, the RCS Trust (RCS), the Hope Scott Trust, the Dartington Hall Trust, the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award (RNCM) and Manchester Welsh Society Prize.

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CV & Repertoire

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas Dido Immediately Darrington International Summer School 2016
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress Baba the Turk Cambridge University Opera 2000
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream Hippolyta Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts 2000
Cavalli: La Calisto Giove-in-Diana Hampstead Garden Opera HGO 2000
Mozart: Requiem Alto soloist Lytham St Anne's Choral Society 2000


Handel House Talent - Young Artist
Handel House Talent - Young Artist
MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year - Finalist