Mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries was a choral scholar at Cambridge University and went on to train at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s opera studio.
She has performed with Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park and British Youth Opera. Upcoming roles include Innkeeper’s Wife/The Cunning Little Vixen (Longborough Festival Opera), Lucinda/La forza dell’amor paterno (The Barber Opera), and Diana/The Weekend - a new opera adaptation of Michael Palin’s play with a cast led by Adrian Thompson.
Previous roles include Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dartington Arts Festival), the title role in Holst’s Sāvitri (Hampstead Garden Opera), the Drummer in Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis in Polly Graham’s site-specific production (Loud Crowd & CHROMA Ensemble), Varvara in Janáček’s Kat’a Kabanova (Fulham Opera), Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Merry Opera Company), Awen (cover) in new opera Gair ar Gnawd (Welsh National Opera), Nun in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera/RCS), Ottone/Agrippina, Jenny Hildebrand/Street Scene, Der Trommler/Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Le Loup/Les Malheurs d’Orphée and Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé chamber opera for 12 singers (all RCS).
She is particularly in demand as a performer of contemporary music and opera, with roles including Prometheus in Tim Benjamin’s new opera The Fire of Olympus, Tartine in David Blake & Keith Warner’s Scoring a Century (British Youth Opera), and Girl/Psychiatrist in Scott Stroman & Tamsin Collison’s Fever Pitch, an adaptation of the iconic Nick Hornby book.
As concert soloist her performances include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Macmillan’s Seven Last Words on the Cross with the BBC Philharmonic at Harrogate Royal Hall, Bach’s Easter Oratorio at the Bach Festival Świdnica in Poland, Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at Sheffield cathedral.
A keen recitalist, Joanna is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Handel House Talent artist and was awarded the Edith Brass Prize for Lieder (RCS). She is also an Emerging Artist for the Royal Opera House’s “Opera Dots” programme.