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Phoebe Haines - Mezzo-soprano

Biography

Phoebe Haines is an award-winning British Mezzo Soprano, with vocal qualities that have been variously hailed as ‘extraordinary’ (The Times), ‘silvery’ (The Evening Standard), ‘impressive’ (The Los Angeles Times), and ‘opulent’ (Sunday Times Culture). Phoebe studied at the University of Cambridge where she obtained a Double First Class Degree, and recently completed her MMus at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She continued her training at the Guildhall as a Fellow (FGSM) in 2014/15, and was also a 2015 Opera Works trainee at the English National Opera. Phoebe is a two-time bursary winner of the International Opera Awards Foundation. She currently studies with world-renowned baritone, Sanford Sylvan.

Phoebe’s 2017/18 engagements include role debuts as Clairon (Capriccio) at El Museo del Barrio, NYC, and Katisha (The Mikado), for Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival. She will cover the role of Mrs. Otis in Getty’s Canterville Ghost, a co-production between Center for Contemporary Opera and LA Opera. Phoebe very much looks forward to Autumn concert engagements in London, including a gala for the International Opera Awards which will see her dueting with famed Heldentenor, Stuart Skelton.

In 2014, Phoebe became a Britten-Pears Young Artist, partaking in the Aldeburgh English Song Project. Having appeared in the critically-acclaimed Grimes on the Beach for the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival (a co-production with Opera North), Phoebe was delighted to return to Aldeburgh as a young artist, exploring and inspiring the work of twelve contemporary composers and librettists. Also in 2014 Phoebe was named a Concordia Foundation Artist, an Iford Arts Young Artist, and a Salzburg Festival Young Artist.

In summer 2014, Phoebe made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Zweite adelige Waise in Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Franz Welser-Möst at the Großes Festspielhaus, and as Tisbe in La Cenerentola für Kinder, a co-production with Teatro Alla Scala. She participated in many concerts during her time at the Festival, including a concert of arias with the Camerata Salzburg under Theodor Guschlbauer, and sang in master classes with Thomas Hampson and Helmut Deutsch. Her engagements with the Festival also took her to Castell Son Claret (Mallorca), where she sang in their annual gala concert, ‘Opera Under the Stars’.

Also a talented recitalist, Phoebe has given recent performances at a variety of diverse venues worldwide. 2014 saw Phoebe begin her concert schedule in Agra, India, followed by performances at Convento do Beato in Lisbon (Portugal), Villa Kyrélos in St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat (France), and Topping Rose House in New York’s Hamptons (USA). In July and August 2016 Phoebe made her debut in China, iSING! International Young Artists Festival, China, where she appeared in concert at such illustrious venues as Beijing’s Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre, and Suzhou’s Grand Theatre. During her 2016 tour of China, Phoebe performed the roles of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Meg Page (Falstaff), and Mercedes (Carmen).

Other recent performance venues include Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (France), Giardini La Mortella (Italy), Villa Del Balbianello (Italy), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the British Embassies in Rome and Budapest, and in the UK: Lancaster House, Belvoir Castle, Bloomsbury Ballrooms, the Handel House Museum, Christ Church Spitalfields, The Ambassadors Theatre, The Savoy Chapel, The Athenaeum Club, The East India Club, Asia House, The Royal Society, and the Lebanese Embassy in London.

A passionate song-singer, Phoebe was awarded a full scholarship in 2016 to Songfest Los Angeles, where she studied with a world-class faculty, partaking in a number of concerts (including a staged realisation of Hans Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook), and master classes with Suzanne Mentzer, Martin Katz, and Jake Heggie, amongst others. Phoebe performed Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben at St. James’ Piccadilly in October 2014 for the Concordia Foundation, along with her own translation of Shostakovich’s Spanish Songs. Her love for Russian song repertoire was ignited by her work with pianist and coach, Lada Valesova, who curated a series of concerts in which Phoebe performed in 2013 (at the Pushkin House and 22 Mansfield Street). Her 2013/14 season saw Phoebe perform the roles of Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) and Angelina (Trial by Jury) for Opéra de Baugé (France). She also appeared variously as Carmen, La Périchole, and Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) for the 2014 Clonter Opera Gala.

As a recipient of the International Opera Awards Foundation, Phoebe opened the 2014 Awards Ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. She sang Rossini’s Cruda Sorte, a work which she prepared with the esteemed support of David Syrus, Head of Music at the Royal Opera House.

Phoebe’s association with the English National Opera began in 2010 when she was invited to perform at a number of patrons’ events. Her recently-completed training with ENO saw her prepare the roles of Annio (La clemenza di Tito), and Medoro (Orlando).

Alongside her engagements in China, the 2015/16 season also saw Phoebe singing the lead roles in Britten’s Phaedra, and John Eaton’s El divino Narciso, the Mezzo Solo in Verdi’s Requiem; Hans Katte in The Sorrows of Frederick and The Mermaid in Wild Beast of the Bungalow, both for Center for Contemporary Opera. Phoebe was a finalist in the 2015 Graz Meistersinger competition, and made her first appearance with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in August 2016, singing the Abyssinian Mass at Chautauqua Festival under the baton of Damien Sneed.

Phoebe has long been an admirer of contemporary composers, her love of modern music having been galvanised by her work with the much-celebrated Louis Andriessen in 2012. She received praise for her interpretation of his musical monodrama, Anaïs Nin, for the Tête-à-Tête Festival, London.

Phoebe is a passionate advocate for charitable causes, and has collaborated with Concordia Foundation and Memory Lane on a number of outreach projects at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. In America, Phoebe volunteers for Harlem Educational Activity Fund, which provides educational opportunities and career advice to exceptionally gifted young people. Phoebe is also a sought-after public speaker, and has given talks on subjects from Mozart to Britten for organisations including the International Women’s Forum, the Cadogan Hall, and the London Festival of Song. In September 2017 Phoebe will spend a morning interviewing, and singing in a one-on-one masterclass with, Dame Felicity Lott, for Opera Prelude.

Phoebe is incredibly grateful for the continued support of Help Musicians UK, the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, the John Wates Charitable Trust, the International Opera Awards Foundation, Talent Unlimited, Opera Prelude, Dr. Henry Sauls, Dr. Michael Shipley & Mr. Phillip Rudge, and the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust.

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updated August 2017