Born in Derbyshire, Harriet Eyley is 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 is a young soprano currently undertaking an Artistic Diploma in Opera as a member of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School as the Siow-Furniss Scholar supported by the Henry Wood Accommodation Scholarship under the tutelage of Tim Evans-Jones and the continued guidance of Lillian Watson.
Harriet made her debut for the Royal College of Music in 2016 as Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart) under the direction of Harry Fehr, and has since received critical acclaim for her performance as Clotilde in Handel’s Faramondo for the London Handel Festival and Therese/Tiresias in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tiresias. Harriet has performed for British Youth Opera as Nora in Riders to the Sea (Vaughan Williams), Una Novizia and Gheradino for Royal Academy Opera and has been called to audition for both the Royal Opera House’s production of Tannhäuser and Garsington Opera. She made her debut at St. John’s Smith Square in 2015 in The Fairy Queen (Purcell). Harriet has had the pleasure of performing at notable venues including Guildford and Derby Cathedrals, De Montfort Hall, The Science Museum and The Barbican. She has also has 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. Harriet is thankful to the Josephine Baker and Drake Calleja Trusts for their current support.