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. Poppy has been further supported by the Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association Award, and the Mario Lanza Trust. 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), Léïla (RCM Opera Scenes, directed by Matthew Monaghan), 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). Further credits include Erste Dame (Berlin Opera Academy, directed by Gidon Saks), Dew Fairy (St. Magnus International Festival, directed by Kally Lloyd-Jones), Susanna and Amor (RCS Opera Scenes, directed by Linda Ormiston). Upcoming, Poppy will perform the role of Pamina at St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings, and the role of Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, with Berlin Opera Academy 2019.
Poppy was a 2018 Lies Askonas Competition Finalist at the RCM, and received Highly Commended in the 2018 RCM Lieder Competition adjudicated by Nicky Spence. This year Poppy was a finalist in the 2019 Somerset Song Prize, adjudicated by Simon Lepper, Elizabeth Watts and Stephan Loges. In London this year, Poppy has appeared as a semi-finalist in both the Royal Over-Seas League Vocal Category, and Mozart Singing Competition. In Glasgow, Poppy won the 2015 Glasgow Music Festival Vocal Prize, and the 2017 Governor’s Chamber Music Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as part of a vocal octet.
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. Passionate about song, Poppy has performed as part of the RCM Song Plus series, and recently premiered a new composition at the Leeds Lieder Composer and Poets Forum. Recent solo work includes Schubert Mass in G and Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light, performed with the Jersey Festival Choir, and the St. John Passion, performed with the Glasgow Barons. Engagements in Berlin have included being a Masterclass Artist and Cover Artist at the Berlin Song Festival 2018 with Caroline Dowdle, where she will return to give a main recital with duo partner Marianna Abrahamyan. Involved with Hull Urban Opera, Poppy will perform Erik Satie’s Socrate in a new ‘Music and Mindfulness’ project with the company in June 2019.
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, Aberdeen International Youth 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, and being the soprano soloist for the Stravinsky Mass for brass and woodwind in Glasgow, and Perth Concert Hall. Poppy is an Artist with Live Music Now Scotland, 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 roles include Abigail Williams in The Crucible with the Berlin Opera Academy 2019, Susanna with Matchbox Opera in October/November 2019, and the Soprano Soloist in Erik Satie’s Socrate with Hull Urban Opera this June.
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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