YOUNG ARTIST LATE BITE: September 9
Winner of the 2018 Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award and lauded for her “strong presence both dramatically and musically” (The Arts Desk) and the “intriguing depth” (MusicOMH) of her portrayals, Beth Taylor is at the beginning of a promising international career.
Upcoming engagements in 2019 will lead the young Scottish mezzo-soprano to Aix-en-Provence, where she will make her festival debut in a new production of Rihm’s Jakob Lenz, to the New Generation Festival in Florence, where she will sing Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), to Opéra de Lyon, where Beth will perform Melanto, Anfinomo and Fortuna in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi) and to Opera de Lorraine in 2020 as Bradamante in Alcina.
Beth will be commencing her final stage of training at the Zurich International Opera Studio in the 2019/20 season.
Recent highlights have included Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) at the Longborough Festival, Rosmira in Partenope (Handel) at the Iford Arts Festival, La Reine/Le Coucou/Le Chat in La belle au bois dormant (Respighi) at the Opéra de Lyon, Fox/Dog/Hen in The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek) at the Grimeborn Opera Festival and Olga in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) for Fife Opera.
Other operatic roles of her repertoire include Constanza (L’isola disabitata, Haydn), Ottone (Agrippina, Handel) Irene (Theodora, Handel), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare, Handel), Old Woman (The Day After, Dove) and Ramiro (La finta Giardinera, Mozart).
Beth is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Open University. She is currently refining her technique under the tutelage of Jennifer Larmore and Iain Paton. Beth has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Sarah Connolly, Susan Graham, Sir Thomas Allen, Sophie Daneman and Dame Emma Kirkby. She is a proud member of the Live Music Now recital artists scheme and an enthusiastic practitioner with Glasgow based Additional Support Needs Charity, Paragon Music.
Beth has received numerous awards towards her studies and professional development. She is a grateful recipient of the Help Musicians UK Fleming Award, a Help Musicians UK Maidment Scholarship in 2017 and is also kindly supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the South Square Trust.
In competitions, Beth has won the prestigious Governor’s Recital Prize at RCS in April 2016, the Elgar Spedding Lieder and the Hugh S. Roberton Scottish Song Prizes in 2017 and the audience and best song prizes at the John Kerr Award for English Song in London in March 2018. She was a semi-finalist at the 2018 International Vocal Competition s’Hertogenbosch (IVC) in the Netherlands and won first prize at the prestigious Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award in September
Beth has already shown immense potential and has collaborated with many of the UKs foremost professional musicians. She is a soloist and ensemble performer for the Dunedin Consort, Sestina, Genesis Sixteen, Kellie Consort and most recently, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. As a student, Beth performed in some of the World’s leading music festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Hertfordshire Festival of Music, the New Generation Festival in Italy and the St Magnus Festival in Orkney.