Joanne Roughton-arnold

Joanne Roughton-arnold

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

A New Zealand soprano with a flair for contemporary music and a taste for a challenge
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«'An unforgettable premiere... A superb operatic performance that deserves to be repeated throughout New Zealand.'»
Margot Hannigan, nelson mail (2018)
«'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 (2018)
2015Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965Soprano
2015Terence Greaves: A Garden of WeedsSoprano
2015Vaughan Williams: Three VocalisesSoprano
2015Louis Spohr: Sechs Deutsche LiederSoprano
2014Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589, D majorSoprano
2014Cecilia McDowall: MagnificatSoprano
2014Liszt & Richard Strauss LiederSoprano
2013Wolf-Ferrari: I gioielli della MadonnaLa Fioraia
2013Puccini: Madama ButterflyLa Zia
2012Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Soprano
2010Verdi: La TraviataAnnina
2008Bach J.S.: Mass, BWV 232, B minorSoprano II solo


 A lyric coloratura soprano with a flair for contemporary music, a range of over three octaves, a Kiwi can-do attitude and a taste for a challenge, Joanne Roughton-Arnold began her vocal studies with Esther Salaman and Paul Hamburger while a postgraduate violinist at Trinity College of Music. She went on to become a prize-winning vocal student at Birmingham Conservatoire, and now studies with renowned operatic soprano Nelly Miricioiu and international vocal coach David Harper.   Most recently, she has performed the virtuosic role of Semele at the Royal Opera House in a research and development workshop on Roberto David Rusconi’s new opera, Dionysos. Other operatic credits include Annina in La Traviata with the Chelsea Opera Group and Nelly Miricioiu (Queen Elizabeth Hall), La Zia in Madama Butterfly Opera Holland Park (Christine Collins Young Artist), Methodist Preacher in A Pastoral Messiah (Unexpected Opera), Sarah Whitehead in Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics under Lionel Friend, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (Birmingham Conservatoire), Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld (Morley Opera), Norina Don Pasquale (Morley Opera), Gilda Rigoletto (Porthcawl Grand Pavillion), Marguerite Faust (Theatr Elli, Llanelli), Morgana Alcina (Theatr Elli, Llanelli).   She has appeared in concert at the Treasury, the Royal Academy of Music (London Master Classes), St George’s Hanover Square, and Handel House Museum; as soloist in Dallapiccola’s Commiato with the Thallein Ensemble under Edwin Roxburgh (Birmingham Conservatoire), Bach’s Mass in B Minor (Bedford School Choral Society), Messiah (Bedford Messiah Choir). As a recitalist she is endlessly fascinated by the marriage of text and music in song; she designs programmes that combine the familiar with the new, drawing on both standard and contemporary repertoire. She is passionate about showcasing music from her native New Zealand to a wider audience and has secured funding from Creative New Zealand to commission a one-woman chamber opera from Dame Gillian Whitehead and Fleur Adcock. She will give the world premiere in London in July / August 2016.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965 Soprano Immediately HM Treasury 2015
Terence Greaves: A Garden of Weeds Soprano Immediately HM Treasury 2015
Vaughan Williams: Three Vocalises Soprano Immediately HM Treasury 2015
Louis Spohr: Sechs Deutsche Lieder Soprano Immediately HM Treasury 2015
Dionysos Semele Immediately Royal Opera House 2015