British-Canadian soprano Rosanna Harris recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Master’s Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Voice, both with distinction. She currently studies with Gary Coward. She is represented by Helen Sykes Artists’ Management.
She recently sang the roles of Mab/Adelaide in Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig for Hampstead Garden Opera. A review commented, “Adelaide … was gleamingly sung by soprano Rosanna Harris. Her Tiara aria was just as entertaining, divaesque and catchy as one would imagine for an evil bridezilla …”
Another notable performance was Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Royal Northern College of Music. A review in Manchester Evening News noted that ‘Rosanna Harris, as Giannetta …proved herself a star, with a silvery voice and presence that should soon be an asset to any professional company’.
Rosanna Harris’s operatic and concert engagements have also included Zerlina Don Giovanni for Opera Loki, the covers of Bianca and Gabriela La Rondine for Opera Holland Park, Molly Brazen The Beggar’s Opera for European Opera Centre, and Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Valencienne The Merry Widow, both at the Royal Northern College of Music. Her repertoire also includes Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Sophie Werther and Oscar Un ballo in maschera.
International concert engagements have included the soprano solos in Beethoven Choral Fantasia with Vienna Tonkünstler-Orchester. On the concert platform Rosanna Harris has also performed the soprano solos in Bach Magnificat, Brahms Requiem, Britten A Ceremony of Carols, Bob Chilcott Requiem, Dvořák Stabat Mater, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah, Haydn Nelson Mass, James Macmillan Tenebrae Responsories, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, Poulenc Gloria, Rutter Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria.
Having trained as an actor and dancer Rosanna Harris has broad on-stage experience in plays, musicals and operas. An accomplished cellist, she has also regularly performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Rosanna Harris’s studies were supported by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, the Tony Loy Trust, The Norman McLeod Rogers Memorial Overseas Scholarship and the Maritime Association of Teachers of Singing. She was a finalist in The Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize and was twice a finalist in The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss, both at the Royal Northern College of Music.