Nafissatou Batu Daramy is a British mezzo-soprano of African and Asian descent. She is an alumna of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was part of the 2018 cohort of the Alexander Gibson Opera School. During her training, she made notable collaborations with acclaimed trumpet player John Wallace and composer Edward McGuire. Her love for Art Song has given her a rich and varied concert experience, making her the recipient of awards for song competitions at the Conservatoire, with programmes including French, German, Russian and Polish repertoire.
This season, Nafissatou makes her house debut at Welsh National Opera, singing Chambermaid in Janaček’s Makropulos Affair. The critically acclaimed production is touring alongside Will Todd’s Migrations, in which she is covering the role of Dawn. Previously, she has covered the role of Juliana in The Aspern Papers (Pegasus Opera), and performed Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess (Grange Park Opera). In operatic chorus work, Nafissatou was a member of the Porgy and Bess Ensemble at English National Opera. The ensemble and production won an Olivier Award and South Bank Sky Arts Award respectively. She subsequently joined the ENO Chorus for their seasons 2019 -2021.
In forthcoming engagements, Nafissatou returns to Welsh National Opera as Blodwen in the world première of Blaze of Glory! by David Hackbridge Johnson.
- Strawberry Woman, Porgy and Bess (Grange Park Opera);
- Flopsy, Tod!;
- Miss Austin, The Elephant Angel (Cromarty Youth Opera);
- Second Young Nun, The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera);
- Young Woman, The Day After;
- Iseut, Le vin herbé;
- Giunone, Il ritorno d’Ulisse (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).