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Harriet Burns


Described as “confident, polished, witty, expressive and sweet toned” (The Times), British soprano Harriet Burns is fast developing a reputation as an acclaimed interpreter of song. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder Festivals, International Lied Festival Zeist, Ryedale Festival and de Singel with pianists including James Baillieu, Imogen Cooper, Christopher Glynn, Graham Johnson, Sholto Kynoch, Malcolm Martineau, Joseph Middleton and Ian Tindale. In 2019 Harriet’s debut album, Graham Johnson’s The Songs of Brahms: Volume 8 was released with Hyperion records, and she appears on Graham Johnson’s The Songs of Brahms: Volume 9 in duets with Robin Tritschler.

On the operatic stage, recent roles include Oriana (cover, Amadigi, Handel) for Garsington Opera, Sister Grace (The Angel Esmeralda, Lliam Paterson), Nerina (La Fedeltà premiata, Haydn), and Aminta (Aminta e Fillide, Handel) with Guildhall Opera. In 2020, Harriet was due to cover the role of Sifare (Mitridate, Mozart) at Garsington Opera but this was postponed due to Covid-19.

Competition successes include 2nd prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/ Independent Opera International Song Competition, the Compulsory Song Prize and Recital Prize at the 2019 International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, 1st prize at the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, winner of the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform, the 2017 Paul Hamburger Prize for Lieder and the 2017 Franz-Schubert-Institut Competition. She is proud to be a 2021 City Music Foundation Artist, 2018 Samling Artist, 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artist and a 2018 Britten-Pears Young Artist. Harriet was a member of the Guildhall Opera School where she graduated with Distinction on the Artist Diploma programme.

Harriet is a member of staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 2021/2022 will be leading Voiceworks: Contemporary Collaborations and working on the Wigmore Voiceworks project. Harriet is also the vocal coach to the choristers of St Mary Merton and singing teacher to both the girl (Frideswide Voices) and probationer boy choristers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Last updated: Mar 2022