Lancashire-born Fiona started her studies at the RNCM in Manchester. She moved to Scotland in 2006 to pursue postgraduate opera studies at the RSAMD.
Fiona has the rare voice type of a dramatic soprano and has her sights set on specialising in the Germanic repertoire. She is still considered young for her voice type, which needs maturity of voice to develop to its full potential.
Fiona’s tutors describe her voice as ‘thrilling’. In 2008 she received the Wagner Society of Scotland Bayreuth Bursary which funded a study trip to Bayreuth, including attendance at 3 operas. She has had masterclasses with John Tomlinson and Jane Eglen which both demonstrated her potential as a dramatic soprano. She was also awarded the coveted RSAMD Governor’s Prize for Singing. In her first year at RSAMD Fiona sang the role of First Prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award helps Fiona during the final year on the RSAMD opera course.
Since the Award
During the year, Fiona performed in several concerts, participated in a master class with Wagnerian tenor, Ian Storey, and was a semi-finalist in the Bayreuth Wagner Competition. Her roles in RSAMD productions as Fata Morgana in The Love for Three Oranges and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos were described as 'a triumph'.