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Alice Privett


British born soprano ALICE PRIVETT has performed with professional opera companies from a young age. After studying singing at Chetham's School of Music, she studied for her undergraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in with a First Class Honours degree and the Concert Recital Diploma.
Alice graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in after completing the MA (as the Jennifer Vyvyan scholar) and Opera Course.

‚ÄčOperatic roles include Poppea L'incoronazione di Poppea (Barefoot Young Artists/ Longborough Festival Opera Young Arists Programme), Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (Barefoot Young Artists), Belinda Dido and Aeneas and Venus Venus and Adonis (Ad Parnassum), Serpina La Serva Padrona (self produced and directed by Polly Graham), Colette (Le Devin du Village, UCL), Papagena (Longborough Festival Opera), cover Nanetta (Iford Opera), Pamina (LFO Young Artists on tour/ Barefoot Young Artists) Baronessa Irene and Pastourelle (L'enfant et les sortilèges at the Barbican, recorded and aired on BBC Radio 3) with Royal Academy Opera, cover Gretel Hansel und Gretel for Garsington Opera, Carolina The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera and Ginevra Ariodante (RAO), Gretel (West Green Opera - Garsington Young Artists, 2014, and the Pimlott Foundation in 2015), Nerone (L'icoronazione di Poppea at the Aldeburgh Festival, with Richard Egarr), Oriane Amadis de Gaule (UCL Opera), Romilda Xerxes (LFO), Giulietta (Pop Up Opera) and Mimi (Clapham Opera, Regents Opera, Christine Collins Young Artists Programme, Holland Park Opera), Susanna (Kilden Theatre, Norway), the title role in Simplicius Simplicissimus (cover) for Independent Opera, Bianca, La Rondine (and Magda, cover) (OHP) and Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera for Ryedale Festival. Scenes include Agrippina and Anna Die Lustigen Weibe (RAM), Anne Truelove and Helena (RAO).

Alice has a keen interest in new music, and was awarded the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize by the GSMD for work in contemporary song. As well as continuing to premiere works by her contemporaries, her recitals include solo performance at King’s Place of Berg and Schoenberg song, Songs for Sue (Knussen) at the RAM with the Manson Ensemble, and a selection of the Birtwhistle Niedecker songs which were aired on BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC proms. She looks forward to her second performance of Pierrot Lunaire this autumn as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival. Recent contemporary opera performances include the title role in Snow (a new comission for The Opera Story).

During her undergraduate course she had the benefit of creating a role in the premiere of Iain Burnside's play Unknown Doors in the Barbican Pit Theatre. In 2012 she worked with Dawn Upshaw and Kayo Iwama as a Britten Pears Young Artist in Aldeburgh, specialising in American and French song. She was also part of the Royal Academy's Song Circle, with whom she performed several concerts around England, including at the Oxford Lieder Festival. Recent recitals include a solo recital with the London Handel Festival, and a performance of Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder at the Amersham Festival.

Her extensive oratorio experience includes Israel in Egypt with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Handel's Messiah (St Martin-in the Fields and Kings Place and Tippett's A Child of Our Time in Bath Abbey/Salisbury Cathedral. She was a regular Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata soloist at the Royal Academy. In competition she has won the first prize in the Susan Longfield Award (2011), the Royal Overseas League (2011) with the ensemble ‘Cries of London’ (with whom she performed at the Wigmore, July 2013), and in the Joan Chissel Schumann Prize at the Royal Academy of Music (2012). She is the recipient of both the Helen Clarke Award (2013) and a Leonard Ingrams Award (2014) from Garsington Opera. She won the Leon Fischbach Memorial Prize at the London Handel Competition, and was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards (2015).

Future plans include creating the role of Goldilocks for The Opera Story, the title role in Rodelinda (Cambridge Handel Opera Society) and Echo Ariadne auf Naxos (Longborough Festival Opera).