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...an even match both for the Countess as for Poppy Shotts’s enchanting and very knowing Barbarina.
— Peter Reed, Classical Source
Poppy Shotts’s Barbarina combined purity of tone with a knowing demeanour
— Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine
Poppy Shotts was excellent as Barbarina, and her Act 4 aria ‘L’ho perduta, me meschina’ was confident and poised.
— Claire Seymour, Opera Today

Originally from East Yorkshire, Poppy is currently completing her Master’s at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with Alison Wells and Gary Matthewman as a Derek Butler scholar, where she is also recipient to a Henry Wood Accommodation Trust Award and the Countess of Munster Trust Award. Previously, Poppy graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music with Honours of the First Class, where she studied with Clare Shearer and Julia Lynch as an RCS Trust Scholar.

Opera roles at RCM include Barbarina, (RCM International Opera School, directed by Sir Thomas Allen), Nedda (RCM Opera Scenes, directed by Polly Graham), Cleopatra (RCM Opera Scenes, directed by Stuart Barker), Fancy Cake and Embryo 2 (RCM Contemporary Opera Scenes project in collaboration with Tête a Tête Opera, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones).

2018 concert highlights include performing with Roger Vignoles in a recital of semi staged French song in the Britten Theatre, RCM, and making her solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in a performance of Grieg's Peer Gynt, conducted by Alexander Shelley. Engagements in Berlin this year have included being a Masterclass Artist and Cover Artist at the Berlin Song Festival 2018 with Caroline Dowdle, and performing the role of Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with the Berlin Opera Academy in August 2018, directed by Gidon Saks.

In competitions, Poppy was awarded Highly Commended in the 2018 Royal College of Music Lieder Competition adjudicated by Nicky Spence, and was a finalist in the 2018 RCM Lies Askonas Competition, adjudicated by John Gilhooly and Sophie Bevan. In Scotland, Poppy also won the 2017 Governor’s Recital Prize for Chamber Music as part of a vocal octet. Upcoming, Poppy will appear in the semi finals of the Mozart Singing Competition, and the Royal Over-Seas League competition.

During her time in Scotland, Poppy was an original member of the RCS Voices Consort, with whom she recorded for BBC Radio 3 and appeared as a soloist at Scottish festivals including the St. Magnus International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Highlights of her studies in Scotland included a series of performances of Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants for twelve solo voices. Poppy is an Artist with Live Music Now, which aims to make high quality music accessible for all, with whom she gave her first performance at the National Galleries of Scotland in March 2017. 

Upcoming opera roles include Pamina with Ensemble OrQuesta in May/June 2019, and Abigail Williams in The Crucible with the Berlin Opera Academy 2019.

Poppy is grateful to the Derek Butler Trust, Mario Lanza Trust, Countess of Munster Trust, Henry Wood Accommodation Trust, and Yorkshire Ladies Council for Education for their support.

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