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Rowan Pierce


Yorkshire-born Rowan Pierce is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is a Harewood Artist at English National Opera.

She has appeared regularly with ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Florilegium and Royal Northern Sinfonia. In 2017 she made her BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall debuts.

Operatic roles have included Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Iris in Semele, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring and Princess in L'enfant et les sortilèges. Recent and future roles include Tiny / Paul Bunyan, Papagena / The Magic Flute (both for English National Opera) and Barbarina / Le Nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera, Grange Festival and ENO).

Festival performances include collaborations with Thomas Allen and Christopher Glynn in the Ryedale Festival, Ann Murray and Malcolm Martineau in the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Roger Vignoles in Leeds Lieder as well as appearances at the Bath, BBC Proms, Buxton, Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Chiltern Arts Festivals.

She has recently released her first solo disc of Purcell songs with Richard Egarr, harpsichord, and William Carter, lute, and she features as soprano soloist in the recent RLPO recording of Vaughan Williams’ Ninth Symphony conducted by Andrew Manze. Future recording plans include sessions with the Gabrieli Consort and Academy of Ancient Music.

Rowan Pierce studied at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded the President's Award by the Prince of Wales in 2017. Whilst at the RCM she also won the Van Someren Godfery Prize and the first Schubert Society Singer Prize in 2014. She has subsequently won both the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition. She is a Samling Artist and was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Award and Midori Nishiura at the RCM.