Donna grew up in Bedford and gained valuable experience with the Bedfordshire Youth Opera, where she performed roles such as Cupid Semele and Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld. Donna has performed further roles including Frasquita Carmen, Susanna/Countess The Marriage of Figaro, and Pamina The Magic Flute with Opera Loki.
Having studied Drama & Psychology at the University of Chester, Donna commenced her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2010 on the Artist Masters Course with Theresa Goble, subsequently receiving a Distinction. Highlights included performing at the National Theatre in Jonathan Miller’s highly acclaimed staged production of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, premiering new work by composer Benjamin Graves at the Wigmore Hall, and working with Graham Johnson for his Autumn Lecture Recitals. Opera scenes included Semele L’egisto, Fairy Spirit The Fairy Queen and First Lady Die Zauberflöte. Donna trained with English National Opera on their noted Opera Works programme (2012-2013) and studied Iris Semele, Belinda Dido & Aeneas, and consequently performed the role of Dorinda Orlando in the final performance, Postcards, at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells.
Her operatic roles since include Frog/Ensemble in How the Whale Became (Philips, ROH), Selene in Tycho’s Dream (Styles, Glyndebourne), Alice in Airborne (McDowall, Nova Music Opera), Despina in Così fan tutte (Cooper Hall Emerging Artists), Yellow in The Anatomy of Melancholy (Tassie/Beames, bodycorps) and Catfish in The Catfish Conundrum (Lambert, The Music Troupe for Tête à Tête).
In concert, Donna has performed as a soloist in Jocelyn Pook’s Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Tête à Tête, and performed excerpts from Edward Loder’s opera Raymond and Agnes with the Bath Philharmonia at the Bath Assembly Rooms. Her oratorio experience includes Beethoven's 9th Symphony for Chester Music Society in Chester Cathedral, Exsultate, Jubilate (Mozart) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini) with Skipton Camerata, Messiah (Handel) for the Bradford Festival Choral Society, and Elijah (Mendelssohn) and Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan Williams) for the Chester Bach Singers.
An experienced recitalist, Donna has performed in a wide variety of locations, such as for Song in the City in Bishopsgate, The Forge in Camden, and The Electric Theatre in Guildford, and is an advocate for many styles of performance. With a keen interest in contemporary music, she embraces new or lesser known works, such as presenting a recital of music for soprano and clarinet in 2012 at St Mary-le-Bow.
She also works regularly with composer/singer/songwriter, Johnny Parry, and features on three of his albums, including his most recent, 'Fields & Birds & Things' (2012).
KSO performance history
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