Harriet Kirk

mezzo-soprano

Biography

Harriet Kirk

Harriet Kirk is a British Mezzo Soprano from Berkshire, and holds a Masters from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and also completed the ENO Opera Works programme. Harriet speaks Italian, French and Spanish.

Harriet was born in the UK and commenced her musical education in the United States, studying the piano and the clarinet in New Hampshire and California. Upon returning to the UK, Harriet sang with Berkshire Youth Choir and National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and was a Berkshire Music Scholar. Harriet read Music and Italian at The University of Birmingham, where she studied singing with Christine Cairns.

Recent concert engagements include Elgar’s The Music Makers and St John Passion, with Polyphony. Previous credits include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Bach St John Passion, and Handel Israel in Egypt. Harriet performed in Stravinsky Les Noces in Paris with Guildhall School and The Passion of Vaughan Williams (BBC4) with Schola Cantorum of Oxford.

Opera roles for Harriet include Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Jackdaws, Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Harriet has performed the role of Lady in the Balcony and chorus for Our Town at Guildhall School. Harriet recently performed in the 2016 Season at Grange Park Opera in the Chorus of Don Carlo. Harriet performed in the 2015 Season at Grange Park Opera, taking Fiddler on the Roof to the BBC Proms, and she performed in the 2014 Season in Peter Grimes and The Queen of Spades. Harriet has performed as chorus for Opera Holland Park 2012 season in Falstaff and Yevgeny Onegin. Past performances include, chorus in La Wally and La Forza del Destino (OHP), Iolanta and Dialogues des Carmelites (Guildhall School) and Imeneo (The University of Birmingham). Opera scene roles at Guildhall School include Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Hansel (Hansel und Gretel), Dorothee (Cendrillon), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Maddalena (Rigoletto).

Whilst studying at Guildhall School, Harriet has had the benefit of participating in masterclasses with Graham Johnson MBE and Dame Emma Kirkby. Harriet has worked with Sarah Walker CBE and Eugene Asti. Harriet has recently participated in workshops at ENO with Mike Alfreds and Polly Teale.

Harriet gives regular Song recitals around London and the South East, including St Luke’s Sevenoaks and St Bride’s Fleet Street. Harriet also sings with Polyphony (Stephen Layton).

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