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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Grace Durham Mezzo Soprano

Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2015

Grace Durham is a British mezzo-soprano with a varied career on both the operatic and concert stages. Grace trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Susan Waters. Whilst at GSMD she won the First Prize and the Audience Prize in the Chartered Surveyors' Award for Voice. Grace has now joined the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and will soon complete her training under the tutelage of Wilma MacDougall. She holds a first-class honours degree in French and Italian from Clare College, Cambridge.

Grace joined the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, in 2015, as a member of the chorus and covering the solo quartet in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Her principal roles include, most recently, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), as well as Owl The Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera), Rosina The Barber of Seville (Bloomsbury  Opera), Moppet Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera), and Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and Hermia A Midsummer Night's Dream (both Cambridge University). In performances of operatic extracts she has sung Angelina La Cenerentola, Mère Marie de l'Incarnation Dialogues des Carmélites, and Poppea L'incoronazione di Poppea. In January 2016, she will sing Dorabella Così fan tutte at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Grace is an accomplished concert singer and recitalist. She is a regular soloist with Merton College, Oxford, where performances have included Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, Bach's B Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion, and Duruflé's Requiem. Other recent highlights include Janaček's The Diary of One who Disappeared at Perth Concert Hall, and Brahms, Granados and Judith Weir with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Song Studio.

Grace is supported by an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2015-16, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust and is grateful for their continued support of her studies.

This biography was published in January 2016.