mezzo - soprano
© Miranda Westcott 2016
Devon born mezzo-soprano Miranda Westcott read music at Birmingham University and studied performing on English National Opera's "the Knack" with Mary King, Rufus Norris, Maxine Braham and Leah Hausman before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She gained a distinction on the M.Mus course in 2005 and became a Samling Artist in 2009 working with Malcolm Martineau, Yvonne Kenny, Sir Thomas Allen and Paul Farrington. Miranda was awarded a full scholarship to Dennis O'Neill's academy in Cardiff 2010-11 and was subequently invited to perform in Jersey with Kiri Te Kanawa.
Miranda made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) in 2006 as Second Bridesmaid in Il nozze di Figaro under Sir Colin Davis and in 2007 sang Glasha in Katya Kabanova under Sir Charles Mackerras. At the ROH she also covered the roles of Schwertleite in Die Walküre, Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande and Masha in Queen of Spades. In 2009 she performed the role of Jenny Diver in the Britten arrangement of The Beggar’s Opera in the Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH and recorded this for Chandos.
Other roles include Smeaton in Anna Bolena, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Wardrobe Mistress, Schoolboy and Bob in Lulu all at Welsh National Opera (covers); Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall; Statira in Vivaldi’s L’incoronazione di Dario for Garsington Opera (cover); Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Gotterdammerung (cover), Rossweise in Die Walküre and Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflote for Longborough Opera; Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro for Surrey Opera; Suzuki in Madame Butterfly for Opera Project and London Festival Opera and Olga in Eugene Onegin at Richmond Theatre.
In concert, Miranda has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, in the Crush Room series ROH, The Sage Gateshead, Shakespeare’s Globe, Oxford Lieder Festival, The Handel House Museum, The English Haydn Festival, Sir John Soane’s Museum and Canterbury Cathedral, as well as private galas around Europe.