Polly Ott

Polly Ott

Coloratura Soprano

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«Ott is a soprano who I am sure we will hear more of in the years to come. She has a very light, agile voice, which appeared to effortlessly take on the high notes and soaring melodies...The audience were enchanted.»
Nelson Mail (2016)
«***** Polly Ott is a fantastic communicator, simultaneously radiating the exuberance and vulnerability of a young teenage girl, with an alluring voice and perfect annunciation throughout.»
Herald scotland (2016)
«Polly Ott is outstanding in the role of Anne (Frank).»
Southside advertiser (2016)
2017Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaBerta
2017Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaBerta
2017Haydn: Il mondo della lunaClarice
2016Frid: The Diary of Anne FrankAnne Frank
2016Die Welt auf dem MondKlärchen
2016Mozart: Die ZauberflötePamina
2015Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2014Purcell: The Fairy QueenFirst Fairy
2014Purcell: The Fairy QueenNight
2013Mozart: Der SchauspieldirektorMadame Herz
2012Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem SerailBlondchen
2010Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroBarbarina
2010Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroSusanna
2010Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroBridesmaid


Coloratura Soprano Polly Ott, praised for her ‘alluring voice’ and being ‘a fantastic communicator’ (Herald Scotland *****) is an exciting talent emerging onto the international opera scene.
Operatic engagements for 2016/2017 include ANNE FRANK in Grigori Frid’s mono-oper The Diary of Anne Frank at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, KLÄRCHEN in Die Welt auf dem Mond by Haydn at Stadttheater Aschaffenburg/Schloß Nymphenburg with the Kammeroper München along with BERTA in Der Barbier von Sevilla by Rossini at the Cuvilliés-Theater in Munich. Further recent highlights include Polly’s debut performance of PAMINA in Die Zauberflöte at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and CLARA in Der Zwerg by Zemlinsky (Kinderoper version) with the Junge Oper Berlin.
Other notable roles have included BLONDE (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and MADAME HERZ (Der Schauspieldirektor) by Mozart, FIRST FAIRY/ NIGHT in The Fairy Queen from Purcell with Kiez Oper Berlin and LONDON SHERATON in AIRRossini with the Neuköllner Oper Berlin. Polly was an Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera from 2009-2010, where she understudied the roles of BARBARINA and SUSANNA and performed as FIRST BRIDESMAID in Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart.
Concert engagements include Mozart’s EXULTATE JUBILATE with the Christchurch Chamber Orchestra, Steve Reich’s MUSIC FOR MALLETS and First Fairy in Mendelssohn’s EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, WEIHNACHTSORATORIUM by Bach, soprano soloist in Handel’s MESSIAH, HERZGEWÄCHSE from Schönberg and Morton Feldman’s THREE VOICES. Polly collaborates regularly with classical guitarist Stefan Degel, performing recitals throughout Germany.
Polly graduated with a Master of Arts in Opera with Distinction from the Universität der Künste Berlin in 2015, where she studied with Prof. Julie Kaufmann, Frank Hilbrich, Axel Bauni and Aniara Amos. Through masterclasses, Polly was inspired and guided by Norah Amsellem, Gerd Uecker, Grace Bumbry and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Polly is mentored by Soprano, Laura Aikin.

The New Zealand Soprano was awarded a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury, where she studied with Dame Malvina Major in her hometown of Christchurch.

Polly was a finalist in the Lexus Song Quest, a recipient of the Kiwi Music Scholarship, the Inspire Foundation Grant, the Todd Foundation Grant, the Dame Malvina Arts Excellence Award, the AMP Regional Scholarship, the ADASTRA Scholarship, the WHMCM Trust Grant and was a grants recipient from The John and Margaret Hunn Education Trust.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Berta 24 hours Kammeroper München 2017
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Berta Cuvilliés-Theater 2017
Haydn: Il mondo della luna Clarice Schloss Nymphenburg 2017
Frid: The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank Immediately Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
Die Welt auf dem Mond Klärchen Immediately Kammeroper München 2016


Arts excellence award - Dame malvina major foundation
kiwi music scholarship
AMP Regional scholarship