Donna Bateman

Donna Bateman, soprano, has earned recognition and critical praise for the great warmth, beauty and versatility of her voice as well as her unique dramatic prowess and compelling, communicative performances.

In opera, she has sung for English National Opera, Royal Opera House-Linbury Studio, Birmingham Opera Company, English Touring Opera, Grange Festival Opera, Garsington Opera, Pegasus Opera, The Opera Company/Young Vic theatre, Opera Minima, for the Bregenz Festival, Austria, Dutch National Opera, Batignano Opera, Italy and Theatre an der Wien as well as for The Continuum Ensemble, Channel 4 Television and RinGafa.

Her roles include Musetta (La Bohème), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Magic Flute), Fortuna and Melanto (ll Ritorno d’Ulisse), Gismonda (Ottone), Queen Erisbe (L’Ormindo), Marcella (Donizetti’s Il Furioso all’Isola di San Domingo), Coralina (Le Toreador), Woglinde (Das Rheingold), Zdenka (Arabella), Giorgetta (Il Tabarro), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mrs Coyle (Owen Wingrave), Lulu in Olga Neuwirth’s American Lulu (adapted from Alban Berg’s opera), the title roles in Rusalka as well as Susannah by Carlisle Floyd and in the solo ensemble of Porgy and Bess. She sang Marzelline (Fidelio), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Elettra (Idomeneo) and Cunegonde (Candide) under the direction of Sir Graham Vick.

Other directors she has worked with include Sir John Copley, Colin Graham, Annabel Arden, James Robinson and Jo Davies. Conductors she has worked with include Sir Colin Davis, Sakari Oramo, Wayne Marshall, James Gaffigan, Stuart Stratford and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Her expertise in contemporary and 20th century opera and music has earned much critical acclaim. She has created leading roles in opera world premieres including Life is a Dream by Jonathan Dove, Armida by Judith Weir, Take Care by Douglas Finch, Gentle Giant by Stephen McNeff, A Pleasurable Death by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian and Imoinda by Odaline de la Martinez. Other roles in contemporary opera include The Nightingale by Igor Stravinsky, Egon and Emilie by Ernst Toch, Passion, Poison and Petrifaction by Philip Hagemann, Linen from Smyrna by Edward Rushton and The Piano Tuner by Nigel Osborne.

She performs regularly as a concert soloist. Highlights include David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus at St. Martin-in-the Fields (broadcast BBC Radio 4), Bernstein’s Mass with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, Barbican, Mahler’s Symphony No.8 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Poulenc’s Gloria with Nottingham University Philharmonia and also with the Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Leicester Philharmonic and Brighton Philharmonic.

In recital, she has performed with Songmakers’ Almanac and accompanists Stephen de Pledge, Llŷr Williams and Christopher Glynn in repertoire including Britten’s Les Illuminations, Judith Weir’s Nuits d’Afrique and songs by Wolf, Messiaen, Menotti and Britten. She has sung for the opening ceremony of the World Athletics Championships and with the African Diaspora festival choir featuring actor Chapman Roberts.

Donna developed the educational programme ‘Musical Buddies’ for schools and Children’s Centres in London. She is the recipient of the “Brent Citizen” award for her work and is thrilled to be a mentor for ‘Lift Up Lambeth Voices’ for Pegasus Opera Company.

She was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2011 for her services to music.

Ms. Bateman is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD), London, attended on scholarship and was awarded the Charles Jacobs Award, GSMD Singing Prize, James Anthony Horne Scholarship and an Associated Board Scholarship. She graduated with Distinction from the Opera School at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), London, U.K.

‘...A rich voice is allied to powerful stage presence...’

Opera

‘A long and demanding soprano solo, stunningly performed by Donna Bateman, uncannily like Renée Fleming...’

The Spectator

‘...Donna Bateman, the formidable soprano......’

Times

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