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Winner of 2nd prize at the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition, British soprano Harriet Burns is a recent graduate of the Guildhall Opera School graduating in 2020 with a Distinction on the Artist Diploma programme under the tutelage of Yvonne Kenny. She is a Samling Artist, Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Other competition successes include winner of the compulsory song prize "Oh che tranquillo mar" and recital prize at the 2019 International Vocal Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch with Ian Tindale, 1st prize at the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, joint winner of the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform with Michael Pandya, the 2017 Paul Hamburger prize for Lieder and the 2017 Franz-Schubert-Institut competition.

In 2018 Harriet made her Wigmore Hall debut with Graham Johnson in a recital of Schubert Lieder alongside Harrison Hintzsche and Ferdinand Keller. She has performed in numerous recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist, the Ryedale Festival, de Singel and the Chiltern Arts Festival with artists including James Baillieu, Christopher Glynn, Caitlin Hulcup, Samuel Hasselhorn, Brian O’Kane, the Phoenix Piano Trio, Ian Tindale, Michael Pandya and Adam Walker. Through the Guildhall School she has been a Prince Consort Side by Side Artist performing at the Wigmore Hall, and performed in Iain Burnside’s latest production Swansong in Milton Court Studio Theatre. Harriet's debut album volume VIII of Graham Johnson’s Brahms Lieder (The Complete Songs) with Hyperion was released in 2019.

Recent operatic roles have included Sister Grace (The Angel Esmeralda, Lliam Paterson), Nerina (La Fedeltà premiata, Haydn), and Aminta (Aminta e Fillide, Handel) with Guildhall Opera School, Gold-Tressed Maiden (The Hogboon, Maxwell Davies) with the LSO directed by Sir Simon Rattle at the Barbican. Harriet was due to be a 2019 Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera covering the role of Sifare (Mitridate re di Ponto), and joining the chorus for Verdi's Un giorno di regno and Dvorak's Rusalka, but this was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19.