Harriet Williams, Mezzo Soprano – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Harriet Williams

MEZZO SOPRANO

Described as “a lovely, distinctive mezzo…the find of the season…a polished mezzo with natural authority”.

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Harriet Williams made her Royal Opera House début as the Erste Knappe Parisfal, returning to perform Flosshilde Der Ring des Nibelungen and Girl Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.

Read Harriet Williams’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

Olga Olsen Spanish première Street Scene Teatro Real de Madrid

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Brangäne Tristan und Isolde Longborough Festival Opera

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Second Norn Götterdämmerung Saffron Opera Group

“All three Rhinemaidens projected vividly, with Harriet Williams as Flosshilde in particularly luscious and buttery mezzo voice.”
MATTHEW WRIGHT  THE ARTS DESK

“Harriet Williams (Hannah) is the find of the season: a polished mezzo with natural authority.”
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

“Harriet Willams moves, as she sings, with unfailing rightness, her French impeccable.”
CLEMENT CRISP  FINANCIAL TIMES

“The singer I would hurry to hear more of was the touching Fenena, Harriet Williams: there is a rich quality to this attractively formed voice that bodes well.”
RODERIC DUNNETT  OPERA

“Harriet Williams, as Zweite Norn, sent spines tingling with her fine tone and particularly skilled projection.”
CHARLOTTE VALORI  OPERISSIMA

Biography

Biography

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Described as “a lovely, distinctive mezzo” (The Times) and “…the find of the season: a polished mezzo with natural authority…” (The Independent on Sunday) Harriet Williams made her Royal Opera House (ROH) début as the Erste Knappe Parisfal, returning to perform Flosshilde Der Ring des Nibelungen and Girl Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.  Also at the ROH she was the featured soloist in her début with the Royal Ballet performing six Duparc’s songs in L’Invitation au Voyage.  At English National Opera she made her début as Polinesso Ariodante.

Harriet Williams has sung principal roles with Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, the Early Opera Company and Longborough Festival Opera.  Her repertoire includes the title roles in Carmen and Ariodante, Bradamante Alcina, Ottavia, Arnalta and Fortuna L’incoronazione di Poppea, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Mistress Quickly Falstaff, Fenena Nabucco, Hannah Kennedy Maria Stuarda, Smeaton Anna Bolena, Flora and Annina La traviata, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro, Suzuki and Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly,  Angelina La Cenerentola, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia, Albine Thais, Mab La jolie fille de Perth (Bizet), Hippolyta A Misdummer Night’s Dream, Governess Queen of Spades, Madame Larina Eugene Onegin, Nenila The Enchantress, Parseis Esclarmonde (Massenet), Waltraute Die Walküre, Zweite Norn Götterdämmerung, and Brangäne Tristan and Isolde.

Harriet Williams’s international engagements have included Mrs Olsen in The Opera Group’s award-winning production of Street Scene at Teatro Real, Madrid, Opéra de Toulon, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Maria in the Italian première of For You by Michael Berkeley to a libretto by Ian McEwan at the Teatro Olimpico in Rome. 

Amongst other contemporary roles she has performed the Old Sister I Babette’s Feast (John Browne), Mrs Rogers The Doctor’s Tale by Anne Dudley and Terry Jones and The Hostess in Alan Ridout’s The Pardoner’s Tale. She also took part in a series of six specially commissioned new operas for BBC 2 Television.

Harriet Williams has performed under the baton of Petr Altrichter, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Bernard Haitink, Owain Arwel Hughes, Vladimir Jurowsky, Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Moulds, Sakari Oramo, Sir Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi and Wolfgang Seeliger.  She has sung with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and on BBC Radio 3.

Her concert repertoire includes Bach Cantata No 21, Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew Passion, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Elgar Dream of Gerontius and The Music Makers, Handel Messiah, Haydn Harmoniemesse, Mahler Rückertlieder, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Ravel Chansonnes Madecesse, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Saint-Saëns Requiem, Storge Jephtha, Verdi Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria.

Harriet Williams trained as an actress at Arts Educational School, before studying classical singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She took part in televised Masterclasses with Barbara Bonney and Sir Thomas Allen at the Linbury Studio Theatre, and with Brigitte Fassbänder at the Wigmore Hall.

This biography is not for publication.  Please contact the office for an updated version.

Contact

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