Penelope Cousland mezzo-soprano
Penelope’s time at NOS is generously supported by the Scottish Opera Endowment Fund, the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, a Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, the Robertson Scholarship Trust and the South Square Trust.
Glasgow-born mezzo-soprano Penelope Cousland completed a B.Ed (Hons) in Music Education at the RCS before continuing her studies at the RNCM, where she gained an MMus in Vocal and Opera Studies. She returned to the RCS to attend the Alexander Gibson Opera School where she studied with Scott Johnson. Operatic roles include Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro; Mistress Quickly Sir John in Love; Popova in Walton’s The Bear; Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde and the title role in Savitri. Penelope was the recipient of the Joaninha Award 2016 and was awarded the John Cameron Prize for Lieder from the RNCM in 2014. As an experienced concert and oratorio singer, her repertoire includes Elgar’s Music Makers and Sea Pictures; Handel’s Messiah; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Verdi’s Requiem; Mozart’s Requiem; Tippett’s A Child of our Time and Mahler’s Symphony No.2. Penelope has also participated in masterclasses with Catherine Wyn Rogers, Nicholas Kraemer, Felicity Palmer, Donald Runnicles, James Gilchrist and Brigitte Fassbaender.
Penelope’s studies have been generously supported by the RCS Scholarship Trust; the Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust; the Cross Trust; the South Square Trust; the Mary Gillespie Award and the Robertson Scholarship Trust.