British soprano Rosalind Dobson completed her studies at the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2023. She studied English Literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge, before graduating from her Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music with distinction.
Recent operatic experience includes Gretel/Dew Fairy Hansel and Gretel (British Youth Opera at Holland Park), Controller in Flight, Laoula in Chabrier’s L’Etoile, Louisa in Cui’s A Feast in Time of Plague, Masha in Elena Langer’s Four Sisters, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Clonter Opera), and Arianna in The Burning Question by Edward Lambert (Tȇte-à-Tȇte Festival). Roles in opera scenes include King Harald’s Saga by Judith Weir, Norina, Despina, Marzelline, Marie La Fille du Régiment, and Mélisande.
Other roles performed include Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, The Artist in Joanna Ward’s Hunger, and the Young Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen.
Concert highlights include the UK premiere of Weinberg’s Old Letters, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder (Cadogan Hall), and Die Schöpfung (St Martin-in-the-Fields).
In the summer of 2023, she was selected as an Alvarez Young Artist for Garsington Opera, covering the roles of Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos and Esmeralda in Prodaná Nevěsta. She is also looking forward to appearing again this year at the Tête-à-Tête Summer Festival as The Lady of the Lake in a new piece by Hans Vercauteren. Rosalind has a particular love for contemporary music and, in addition to working as a singer, she also writes libretti and collaborates on new works.
Rosalind was the 2022 winner of the Ye Cronies Opera Award and the 2023 RCS nominee for the Clonter Opera Award. She has sung in masterclasses with Ann Murray, Brindley Sheratt, Josephine Barstow, and Iestyn Davies.
Rosalind is delighted to be a 2023/24 Young Artist with the National Opera Studio and looks forward to the year ahead.
Updated July 2023. This biography should not be reproduced without asking permission from the National Opera Studio.