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Joanna Harries


Born in New Zealand and raised in Wales, mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries is a 2021/22 Young Artist at the National Opera Studio in London. She was a choral scholar at Cambridge University and went on to train at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Alexander Gibson Opera Studio). A previous Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Handel House Talent artist and an Opera Prelude Young Artist, Joanna is also an Emerging Artist for the Royal Opera House’s “Opera Dots” programme for children.

In opera her roles stretch from baroque to contemporary opera, including Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Varvara in Janáček’s Kat’a Kabanova, the Drummer in Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis and the title role in Holst’s Sāvitri. She has performed with companies including Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Longborough Festival Opera and British Youth Opera.
She is in demand as a performer of contemporary music and has premiered roles in new operas including Prometheus in Tim Benjamin’s The Fire of Olympus, Tartine in David Blake & Keith Warner’s Scoring a Century (British Youth Opera), Awen (cover) in Pwyll ap Sion’s Gair ar Gnawd (Welsh National Opera), and Girl/Psychiatrist in Scott Stroman & Tamsin Collison’s Fever Pitch, an adaptation of the iconic Nick Hornby book.

As concert soloist her performances include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Snape Maltings Concert Hall; Macmillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross with the BBC Philharmonic at Harrogate Royal Hall; Bach’s Easter Oratorio at the Bach Festival Świdnica in Poland; Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Skipton Camerata; Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral; Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass at Chester Cathedral and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at Sheffield Cathedral.
A keen recitalist, Joanna was awarded the Edith Brass Prize for Lieder at the RCS and has performed song and Lieder at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings, Pushkin House and the National Portrait Gallery.

Joanna is co-founder of SongPath with contralto Jess Dandy, an initiative bringing together music, walking and nature for mental health. She was awarded a 2021 Royal Philharmonic Society Enterprise Award for her new podcast Songs of the River, and is currently developing a series of new one-woman operas about the women behind space exploration with soprano Fiona Finsbury in a residency at Snape Maltings in 2022.

Last updated: Jan 2022