Mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries was a choral scholar at Cambridge University before training 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 and her roles stretch from Baroque to contemporary repertoire. Roles include the title role/Savitri (Hampstead Garden Opera), Dido/Dido and Aeneas (Dartington Arts Festival), The Drummer/The Emperor of Atlantis (Loud Crowd & CHROMA Ensemble), Varvara/Katya Kabanova (Fulham Opera), Zerlina/Don Giovanni (Merry Opera Company), Tartine/Scoring a Century (British Youth Opera), Awen (cover)/Gair ar Gnawd (Welsh National Opera), Nun/The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera/RCS), Ottone/Agrippina, Jenny Hildebrand/Street Scene and Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé (RCS).
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 Swidnica in Poland, and Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral.
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.