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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Raphaela Papadakis Soprano

Recipient of Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship 2013 & 2014

Award-winning British soprano Raphaela Papadakis recently made her professional operatic début at Garsington Opera as Bathilde in Offenbach’s Vert-Vert, and understudied the Nymph in Michael Boyd’s new production of Orfeo for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She graduates from the prestigious Artist Diploma course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2015. Previously, she graduated from Clare College, Cambridge, with a first-class degree in English Literature.

A committed recitalist, and both a Samling Artist and an Independent Music Awards Artist, Papadakis made her song recital début at Carnegie Hall in New York last year following an Artist Residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, and has been selected to take part in this summer’s Stean’s Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. She is winner of the National Mozart Competition, the Clonter Opera Prize and Audience Prize, and the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award, and has reached the semi-finals of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Royal Over-Seas League Competition and the Das Lied International Song Competition.

Future plans include singing the role of Anna in the British première of Šimon Voseček’s Biedermann and the Arsonists for Independent Opera, and staged performances of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in Germany and England. She currently studies with Janice Chapman. Her studies are supported by an Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells Voice Fellowship, a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and JM Finn & Co.