Rosie Middleton

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Contemporary Classical

Instrument/voice type: Mezzo Soprano

Location: London


Mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton specialises in contemporary music and opera. She works with many living composers, with recent and upcoming performances in Reykjavik, Paris, Banff, London and Luxembourg.

Rosie made her Royal Opera House debut at the Linbury Theatre in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As co-founder of Aequitas Collective, she worked with Icelandic Opera in the development of Betteridge’s #EchoChamber in advance of the 2018 world premiere in Reykjavik. Other recent contemporary performances include A Certain Sense of Order (Kontz and Tick Tock) at Tête à Tête Festival and Theâtre du Centaure (Luxembourg), and Emily Howard’s Ada Sketches.

20th and 21st century core repertoire includes Pierrot Lunaire (Southbank Centre – reviewed as ‘staggeringly good’ – New Statesman), Boulez Le marteau sans maître, Berio Sequenza III and Saariaho From the Grammar of Dreams. An experienced improviser and deviser of new works, Rosie has a strong interest in working collaboratively with composers on multi-disciplinary works.
On the opera stage Rosie has played Mother and Hatter/ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park, Rose/Lakmé for Opera Holland Park as a Christine Collins Young Artist, Third Lady/The Magic Flute at the Soho Theatre, Rosina/The Barber of Seville for Opera Up Close, and Betty Doxy/A Beggar’s Opera for the European Opera Centre.

Rosie graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music as an Annie Ridyard scholar with a Masters in Opera.

Highlights of 2019 include Artist Residencies at Snape Maltings and the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity to develop works with Laura Bowler, Catherine Kontz, Michael Betteridge and Esin Gunduz in Rosie’s Voice(less) series, as well as performances of Alex Mills’ A Father is Looking for his Daughter (Rough for Opera), Robert Reid Allan Bermondsey 1983 (Snape Maltings), and Alastair White Robe (Tête à Tête Festival).

Rosie was supported through the Fusion Fund in 2019 and Transmission Fund in 2018.