Penelope Cousland

Penelope Cousland


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Glasgow born mezzo soprano Penelope Cousland completed a B.Ed (Hons) in Music Education at the RCS before continuing her studies at the RNCM, where she gained a Master of Music in Vocal and Opera Studies. She returned to the RCS to attend the Alexander Gibson Opera School where she studied with Scott Johnson.

Penelope is a 2016/17 alumna of the National Opera Studio in London where she was supported by the Scottish Opera Endowment Fund, the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, the Robertson Scholarship Trust, the South Square Trust and the Mary Gillespie Trust.

Recent engagements include the cover of Marfa in Khovanshchina (Mussorgsky) for Welsh National Opera, Mother Goose and cover of Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) for Opera Glass Works and Mezzo-soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah with Halifax Choral Society and Mendelssohn's Elijah with Farnham & Bourne Choral Society.

Operatic roles include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart); Misstress Quickly in Sir John in Love (Vaughan-Williams); Popova in The Bear (Walton); Mrs Noye in Noye’s Fludde (Britten) and Savitri in Savitri (Holst). She has also appeared in scenes as Mother in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck); Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw(Britten); Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena (Donizetti); Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte (Mozart); Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky); Charlotte in Werther (Massenet); Leonora in La Favorita (Donizetti); Mistress Quickly in Falstaff(Verdi); Mme de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc); Irene in Tamerlano (Handel); La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica (Puccini) and Madame de la Hautilere in Cendrillon(Massenet). Penelope was part of the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus. She appeared in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Janaček) where she also covered the role of Pani Paskova. She was part of the 2017 Bayreuther Festspielchor at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany where she appeared in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal (Wagner).

Penelope was the recipient of the Joaninha Award 2016 and was awarded the John Cameron Prize for Lieder from the RNCM in 2014.

As an experienced concert and oratorio singer her repertoire includes Music Makers and Sea Pictures (Elgar); Messiah(Handel); Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini); Elijah(Mendelssohn); Requiem (Verdi); A Child of our Time (Tippett) and Requiem (Durufle). Penelope has also participated in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Catherine Wyn Rogers, Nicholas Kraemer, Felicity Palmer, Donald Runnicles, James Gilchrist and Brigitte Fassbaender.

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