Mezzo soprano Annie George studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s ‘David Seligman Opera School’ where her teacher is Colette McGahon-Tosh. Previously, she studied with Louise Crane and Paul Wingfield at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in 2019.
During her time at the David Seligman Opera School, Annie has sung the role of Despina in Mozart's 'Cosi fan Tutte' under the direction of Carlo Rizzi at the Welsh National Opera Gala and the role of Zeftka in Janacek’s 'The diary of one who disappeared' along Nicky Spence and Simon Lepper.
Her roles for their scenes include Bradamante in Handel’s 'Alcina', the Witch in Humperdinck’s 'Hansel and Gretel', Baba the Turk in 'The Rake’s Progress', Meg Page in Nicolai’s 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' and First Maid in Strauss’ 'Elektra'.
Whilst at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Annie sang the roles of Zweite Dame in Mozart’s' Die Zauberflote', Mrs Peachum in Britten’s 'The Beggar’s Opera', Leonie in Offenbach’s 'La Vie Parisienne' and was a soloist in their staged production of Monteverdi’s 'Eighth Book of Madrigals'. Roles for their opera scenes include The Forewoman in Charpentier’s 'Louise', The Minskwoman in Dove’s 'Flight' and Sally in Barber’s 'A Hand of Bridge'. For her final year project, Annie directed and sung the role of Madame Popova in a production of Walton’s 'The Bear' which was very well received.
Professionally, Annie has sung in the chorus for the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and Arcadian Opera.
On the concert platform, works include Beethoven’s 'Mass in C', Rossini’s 'Petite Messe Solennelle', Rutter’s 'Magnificat', Bach’s 'Weihnachts-Oratorium' and Pergolesi’s 'Stabat Mater'.
In 2020/2021, Annie is looking forward to performing the roles of Madame Flora/Baba in Menotti’s 'The Medium' and Jo March in Adamo’s 'Little Women'.
Annie's studies at the Royal Welsh College are supported by a HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship, a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship and a John Rath and John Underwood Scholarship. She was also awarded 'The Alastair and David McWilliam Memorial Bursary for Singing' which is supported by Eileen Price. She is thrilled to be have been awarded a Help Musician’s Sybil Tutton Opera Award.
I could not be more grateful for this award. The MA in Advanced Opera Performance course will provide me with so many performances opportunities which are so important.
We are treated like professionals from the moment we step through the door so it becomes second nature by the time we will step into the industry. This is taught by the opportunities to work with and learn from leading industry professionals. It also allows you to have exposure to the different members of a company who work together to create an opera performance such as directors, stage managers, composers and conductor.
As well as one to one singing lesson and coaching, we receive specialist tuition in languages, stagecraft and also opera protocol which will enhance our employability. By putting on fully staged operas and opera scenes in a safe environment, you get to build skills which are vital in this industry without the pressure.
Similarly, we are also trained extensively in audition techniques. In auditions you are given such little time to show what are you capable of so we are coached by industry professionals in which repertoire will show us off to the best of our ability and make us very employable.