Un Ballo in Maschera

Oscar was sung quite beautifully on Press night by young Derbyshire soprano Harriet Eyley. Her huge voice belies her diminutive size. It is a voice with a wonderful warmth, clarity, and tone and she exudes charm on stage, and, in this role, a sense of mischief and fun whenever she appears. Definitely one to watch.

Behind the Arras

Welsh National Opera

Engagements for 2021/2022 have included Oriana Amadigi for English Touring Opera, Messiah on tour with the Britten Sinfonia, Carols by Candlelight for Raymond Gubbay Ltd and Return to Vienna with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. For WNO, Harriet has recently made her role debut as Zerlina Don Giovanni.

Concert engagements include Beethoven Unleashed: the 1808 Concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and New Year Gala Concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. For the BBC, Harriet has performed in Lucy Worsley’s Queen Victoria’s Music, live for BBC Radio 3 InTune and as a featured soloist for HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on the date of HM Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee. 

Harriet refined her artistry as a Welsh National Opera Associate Artist spanning the 2018/2020 seasons, during which time she made role debuts as Norina Don Pasquale and Oscar Un Ballo in maschera, Frasquita Carmen and Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro. Other notable roles to critical acclaim include Clotilde Faramondo for the London Handel Festival, Papagena Die Zauberflöte for Garsington Festival Opera, the title role of Vixen Sharp-Ears The Cunning Little Vixen for Opera Holland Park  and Meleagro La Corona for Bampton Classical Opera, “whose heroism en travesti, both bright-toned and variegated, proved just the ‘early Classical’ ticket.” 

Upholding the highest levels of musicianship remain at the core of Harriet’s career and she is fortunate to remain under the esteemed tutelage of Lillian Watson, spanning over thirteen years. Harriet is an alumna of the Royal College of Music where she studied with Tim Evans-Jones, receiving an Artistic Diploma in Opera in addition to First Class BMus and MMus(DipRAM) Honours degrees from the Royal Academy of Music. During her early years, Harriet received vocal training from Coral Gould MBE at the Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire where she was a second study pianist. 

She is the grateful recipient of numerous awards to date, including the Siow-Furniss and Henry Wood Trust Scholarships, the WNO Sir John Moore’s Award and Chris Ball Bursary.  Harriet is thankful to all those who have supported her throughout her musical journey thus far.