Grace Durham mezzo-soprano
Grace's time at NOS is generously supported by Peter and Helen Blumer and the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme.
London-born mezzo-soprano Grace Durham studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Susan Waters before joining the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Patricia Hay. She also holds a first-class honours degree in Modern & Medieval Languages from Clare College, Cambridge. Operatic roles include Dorabella Così fan tutte and Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro (RCS), Moppet Paul Bunyan (BYO), Owl The Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera) and cover Frantík The Cunning Little Vixen (Glyndebourne Festival Opera). As a concert soloist, her repertoire includes Ravel Shéhérazade, Berlioz Les nuits d’été, and Bach St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Mass in B Minor. She is also an active recitalist in France, where future plans include performances at the Les Journées Ravel festival and the Opéra Grand Avignon. Awards include the Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize 2016, Second Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2015, the Audience Prize and “Banque Chaix” Prize at the Opéra Grand Avignon Jeunes Espoirs competition 2015, and the Académie Ravel Grand Prix 2015. She was also the winner of the GSMD Chartered Surveyors’ Award for Voice 2014.
Grace was generously supported during her studies by an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2015, the RCS Trust, and a Guildhall School Scholarship donated by Philip Rudge and Dr Michael Shipley.