Aimée Daniel

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Mezzo soprano

Location: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama


Aimée Daniel was born in beautiful South Wales and began her life as a young singer under the guidance of Odette Jones.
At the age of 17, Aimée performed her first opera with the Welsh National Youth Opera, The Sleeper by Stephen Deazley and hasn't looked back since.
Her passion for opera lead her to study at one of the UK's top music Conservatoires, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she gained a first class honours degree in Vocal and Operatic Performance, studying with the highly respected mezzo-soprano, Christine Cairns.
During her time at Birmingham she was fortunate to take on a number of leading roles in the college's productions such as L'enfant in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortileges, Fredrika in A Little Night Music, Sondheim, and The Bride in Lorca's Blood Wedding, including a variety of opera scenes.
Aimée was also a finalist in the distinguished Mario Lanza Opera Prize which is conducted at the Conservatoire.
Since graduating from Birmingham in 2016 Aimée has worked with many independent opera companies throughout the UK, including Beechwood Opera, Forbear! Theatre Company, Lunchbreak Opera and Blackbird Opera Company.
Aimée's most notable achievement so far is her work with the Welsh National Opera and has worked as a freelance musician with the company on many professional engagements including Y Pelydrau in their most recent welsh language commissioned work (Hedd Wyn by Stephen McNeff), and one of eight semi-chorus in Gair ar Gnawd by Pwyll ap Sion, another welsh language opera.
Her continuing relationship with the WNO has also lead her to other fantastic experiences such as performing as the adult soloist in their youth department showcase, (Miss Murgatroyd in The Misfortune of Miss Maisy Murgatroyd,) performing for fundraising and promotional events across the country, and also leading opera workshops in schools across South Wales for the WNO's production of La Cenerentola.
She was also part of the chamber ensemble that recorded the radio adaption of The Sleeper by Stephen Deazley for BBC radio 4 in 2011.
In June 2019 she covered the roles of Sister Lillianne & Jade Boucher and played the role of the Paralegal in their production of Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie.
Aimée is currently completing her Mmus in Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and in September 2019 will be continuing onto the David Seligman Opera School in Cardiff, studying with renowned mezzo-soprano, Anne Mason.
In her first year at the college she was honoured to be cast as Tisbe in the college's production of Rossini's La Cenerentola alongside her colleagues from the David Seligman Opera School.
Yet again she is thrilled to have been cast as Harry and cover Nancy in the RWCMD's production of Britten's Albert Herring and Tessa in The Gondoliers which was performed in July 2019.
No stranger to the recital platform, over the years Aimée has also performed many solo concerts including English and Welsh song, with a particular fondness for French song and German Lieder.
Aimée has worked with many celebrated directors, including, Tim Murray, Alessandro Talevi, Martin Constantine, Jamie Hayes, Michael Barry, Polly Graham, Michael Gileta, Angharad Lee, and conductors, Carlo Rizzi, Karen Kamensek, Paul Wingfield, David Jones, Alice Farnham, Pete Harris, Janet Haney, Jenny Pearson, to name only a few.
She has performed for many acclaimed events, including the London Tête á Tête Opera Festival; National Gilbert and Sullivan Festival; the Olympic flame Ceremony in Swansea; and a tour in the Czech Republic, and has also performed in some of Wales’ most renowned concert venues such as the Wales Millennium Centre; St David’s Hall Cardiff; and Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
Aimée has performed as the alto soloist for Handel's Messiah with the Midlands Chorale in April 2016 and is a former member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and Welsh Chamber Choir/Cor Siambr Cymreig.
Aimee is currently supported by:
Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award holder
Dame Shirley Bassey Trust
Leverhulme Trust
The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales
Mario Lanza Education Foundation
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Scholarship