Born in Derbyshire, Harriet Eyley was a Welsh National Opera Associate Artist between 2018/2020, her programme supported by the WNO Sir John Moores Award and the Chris Ball Bursary. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studied for an Artist Diploma in Opera, supported by the Siow-Furniss and Henry Wood Accommodation Trust Scholarships. Harriet is also the recipient of a First Class BMus Honours degree, a Distinction in her MMus degree and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for an outstanding final recital and master’s dissertation from the Royal Academy of Music. She remains under the tutelage of Lillian Watson.
Harriet made her UK stage debut in the role of Oscar, Un Ballo in maschera (Verdi) for The Welsh National Opera in 2019, followed by role debuts as Norina, Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Frasquita, Carmen (Bizet) and Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart). As an Alvarez Young Artist for Garsington Opera 2018 Harriet performed the role of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart). Other notable roles include Serpetta, La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart), and critical acclaim for her performances as Clotilde, Faramondo for the London Handel Festival as well as title roles in Les mamelles de Tiresias (Poulenc) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček).
Recent engagements have included Beethoven Unleashed: the 1808 Concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Four Seasons by Candlelight for Raymond Gubbay Ltd, New Year Gala Concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Lucy Worsley’s Queen Victoria’s Music for BBC2. She has had the pleasure of working with esteemed musicians including Roger Vignoles, Laurence Cummings, Malcolm Martineau and Lucy Crowe. Harriet has also performed live for BBC Radio 3 InTune and appeared as a featured soloist for HRH The Prince of Wales, performing in a Gala Concert held at Buckingham Palace.
During her early years, Harriet received vocal training from Coral Gould MBE and was a second study pianist at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire.
Future engagements include an International tour (Brussels, Dortmund, Paris) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mirga Gražinytè-Tyla singing Oscar, Un Ballo in maschera.