Beth Taylor

Biography

Lauded for her “strong presence both dramatically and musically” (The Arts Desk) and the “intriguing depth” (MusicOMH) of her portrayals, Beth Taylor is at the onset of a major international career.

 

Performances of the 2019/20 season include Mozart's Krönungsmesse KV317 at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and in Utrecht, her role debut as Bradamante in a new production of Alcina in Nancy and Dijon led by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon as well as her role debut as Falliero in Rossini's Bianca e Falliero at the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl. Other future engagements include Mistress Quickly in a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff at La Monnaie de Munt, La Cieca in La Gioconda, Schwertleite in Die Walküre and Marchesa Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as concerts with the Bach Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herrweghe.

 

Recent engagements have led the young Scottish mezzo-soprano to Aix-en-Provence, where she made her festival debut in a new production of Rihm's Jakob Lenz, to the New Generation Festival in Florence, where she appeared as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, to the Opéra de Lyon to perform Melanto, Anfinomo and Fortuna in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Longborough Festival, Rosmira in Partenope at the Iford Arts Festival, La Reine/Le Coucou/Le Chat in Respighi's La belle au bois dormant at the Opéra de Lyon, Fox/Dog/Hen in The Cunning Little Vixen at the Grimeborn Opera Festival and Olga in Eugene Onegin for Fife Opera.

 

Other operatic roles of her repertoire include Constanza (L’isola disabitata, Haydn), Ottone (Agrippina, Handel) Irene (Theodora, Handel), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare, Handel), Old Woman (The Day After, Dove) and Ramiro (La finta giardinera, Mozart).

 

Beth Taylor is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Open University. She is currently refining her technique under the tutelage of Jennifer Larmore and Iain Paton. Beth has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Sarah Connolly, Susan Graham, Sir Thomas Allen, Sophie Daneman and Dame Emma Kirkby.

 

Beth Taylor is the 3rd prize winner of the 2019 Wigmore Hall Competition and the winner of the 2018 Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Awards.

 

September 2019

 

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