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Phoebe Haines - Mezzo-soprano

Biography

Phoebe Haines is an award-winning British Mezzo Soprano, with vocal qualities that have been variously hailed as ‘extraordinary’ (The Times), ‘silvery’ (The Evening Standard), ‘impressive’ (The Los Angeles Times), and ‘opulent’ (Sunday Times Culture). Phoebe studied at the University of Cambridge where she obtained a Double 1st, completing her MMus and Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In the 2018 season alone, Phoebe has performed as a concert artist at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, the Suzhou Grand Theatre, the Royal Palace of Bucharest, and Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts.

Whilst still a student, Phoebe made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2014, singing Zweite adelige Waise in Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Franz Welser-Möst at the Großes Festspielhaus. She also appeared as Tisbe in La Cenerentola für Kinder, a co-production with Teatro Alla Scala. Her engagements with the Festival took her to Castell Son Claret (Mallorca), where she was a soloist in their annual gala concert, ‘Opera Under the Stars’.

Phoebe has performed and apprenticed with companies including Aldeburgh Music, English National Opera, Opéra de Baugé, Center for Contemporary Opera, Clonter Opera, Songfest Los Angeles, and has appeared as a soloist with such wide-ranging orchestras as the Camerata Salzburg, the China Film Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

International solo recital venues include Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (France), Giardini La Mortella (Italy), Villa Del Balbianello (Italy), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Topping Rose House (New York’s Hamptons), and the British Embassies in Rome and Budapest. Phoebe has concertized as far afield as Agra, India, and made her Chinese debut in 2016, when she was selected as the UK Representative at iSING! International Artists Festival. Phoebe returned to iSING! Festival in Summer 2018, touring with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Dane Lam. Later in the season, Phoebe made her Hong Kong recital debut, and appeared as a featured artist in a number of musical programmes on Jiangsu TV, China. Phoebe made her recital debut at Nanjing Arts Institute in October 2018, singing both Western and Chinese art song with her mentors, Hao Jiang Tian and Fugen Wei. Phoebe was honoured to perform at the CSSAUK Chinese New Year Gala at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 2019.

Having trained at English National Opera in 2015, Phoebe is delighted to continue her association with the company as a Vocal Mentor, working with the Youth Programme on a number of educational projects. Phoebe made her stage debut at the London Coliseum for ENO’s 50 year anniversary gala, ‘Opera for All’ in October 2018. A sought-after public speaker, Phoebe has given talks on subjects from Mozart to Britten for organisations including the International Women’s Forum, the Cadogan Hall, and the London Festival of Song. She is passionate about her work with Streetwise Opera.

Phoebe is a two-time bursary winner of the International Opera Awards Foundation, and opened the 2014 Awards Ceremony.

Phoebe was extremely fortunate to be a student of the late Sanford Sylvan’s for two years, in 2016 and 2017. She currently studies with Jennifer McGregor in London.

Phoebe is grateful for the support of Help Musicians UK, the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, the John Wates Charitable Trust, the International Opera Awards Foundation, Talent Unlimited, Opera Prelude, Dr. Michael Shipley & Mr. Phillip Rudge, and the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust.

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updated February 2019