Rosalind Dobson

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2021

Genre: Opera

Instrument/voice type: Voice- Soprano

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

British Soprano Rosalind Dobson is looking forward to entering the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Opera school this year. Rosalind previously studied English Literature at Magdalene College Cambridge, before graduating with distinction from the Royal College of Music. She studies with Alison Wells and is a Sybil Tutton Opera Award holder.

Her concert experience includes Berg’s Siebhen frühe Lieder (Façade Ensemble, Cadogan Hall), The Creation (St Martin in-the-Fields), Stockhausen’s Stimmung (Southbank Open Senses Festival), Birtwistle’s Cantata for solo soprano (Façade Ensemble, under the coaching of Jane Manning), ‘Old Letters’ by Weinberg (world premiere), John Passion ( St John Smith Square), Zodiac (Nino Russell, world premiere), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (West Road Concert Hall), Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Macmillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross (Ely Cathedral).

Operatic experience includes Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible (Berlin Opera Academy, 2019), The Artist in Joanna Ward’s Hunger (Korrigan Consort, 2019), Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring (Cambridge University Opera Society), Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (CUOS) and Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CUOS). In opera scenes at RCM she has performed the roles of Despina, Agnès (Written on Skin), Semele, Elmira (Sosarme) and Susanna. Rosalind has also appeared in contemporary opera premieres as Horatia in Lara Poe’s The Fermi Paradox and Hipster Cake in Lente Verelst’s Bear and Friends (RCM/Tête-à-tète). She has also created the roles of Annalyn 2 (Autopilot Saves Model S, Marco Galvani) with Faded Ink Productions, and Lucrezia d’Este (The Gentlewomen, Korrigan Consort, 2020).

Theatre experience includes Walton’s Façade, alongside actor Samuel West (Summer Music in City Churches, 2019), Grace/Ensemble Venus and Adonis (The New Renaissance Collective, 2019). Rosalind is an associate Artist of the New Renaissance Collective, a young theatre company aiming to reinterpret classical texts through the mediums of movement, physical theatre, puppetry and music.

In 2020 she co-ordinated, commissioned and performed the music for the Open University’s Rêve: Romantic Sounds, an online exhibition of Romantic objects.

Rosalind has sung in masterclasses with Iestyn Davies, Lawrence Zazzo and Brindley Sherratt, as well as taking part in workshops with British Youth Opera.

Thanks to Help Musicans I will be able to take up my place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where I will study intensively for two years as part of the opera school.