New Zealand contralto Rhonda Browne moved to London in 2004 to study at the National Opera Studio. She has performed the roles of Erda/Das Rheingold & Siegfried and Schwertleite/Die Walküre (Longborough Festival Opera); Baba the Turk/Rake's Progress (Bury Court Opera); Mistress Bentson/Lakme (Swansea City Opera); Auntie/Peter Grimes (Nottingham Philharmonic); The Duchess of Plaza Toro/Gondoliers and Ludmila/Bartered Bride (Surrey Opera); The Witch/Hänsel und Gretel (Open Door Opera and Opera in Space); Zia Principessa/Suor Angelica (Talent Unlimited and Giornata Opera); Zita/Gianni Schicci (Fulham Opera); two staged productions of Messiah for The Merry Opera Company and Rossweisse/Die Walküre for the Mastersingers. She also created the role of Gudrun in the world Premiere of Coleridge Taylor’s Therma for Surrey Opera. Covers include Erda/Das Rheingold & Siegfried, Grimgerde and Schwertleite/Die Walküre and 1st Norn/Götterdämmerung for Opera North, First Norn and Flosshilde at Longborough Festival Opera. Most recently performances include Witch & Mother/Hänsel und Gretel on a tour of the UK for Pop-Up Opera, and also for Iford Arts Festival education project, Lady Bertram/Mansfield Park for Opera South, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for English National Ballet at Royal Opera House, London Coliseum and on tour.
Previously for Longborough: Erda & Schwertleite/Ring cycle (2013)