British-American Mezzo Soprano Phoebe Haines studied at the University of Cambridge where she obtained a Double First Class Degree, and recently completed her MMus at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tuition of John Llewelyn Evans. She continued her training at the Guildhall as a Fellow (FGSM) in 2014/15, and was also a 2015 Opera Works trainee at the English National Opera. Phoebe is a two-time bursary winner of the International Opera Awards Foundation.
In 2014, Phoebe became a Britten-Pears Young Artist, partaking in the Aldeburgh English Song Project. Having appeared in the critically-acclaimed Grimes on the Beach for the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival (a co-production with Opera North), Phoebe was delighted to return to Aldeburgh as a young artist, exploring and inspiring the work of twelve contemporary composers and librettists. Also in 2014 Phoebe was named a Concordia Foundation Artist, an Iford Arts Young Artist, and a Salzburg Festival Young Artist.
In summer 2014, Phoebe made her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele as Zweite adelige Waise in Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Franz Welser-Möst at the Großes Festspielhaus, and as Tisbe in La Cenerentola für Kinder, a coproduction with Teatro Alla Scala. She participated in many concerts during her time at the Festival, including a concert of arias with the Camerata Salzburg under Theodor Guschlbauer, and sang in master classes with Thomas Hampson and Helmut Deutsch. Her engagements with the Festival also took her to Castell Son Claret (Mallorca), where she sang in their annual gala concert, ‘Opera Under the Stars’.
Also a talented recitalist, Phoebe has given recent performances at a variety of diverse venues worldwide. 2014 saw Phoebe begin her concert schedule in Agra, India, followed by performances at Covento do Beato in Lisbon (Portugal), Villa Kyrélos in St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat (France), and Topping Rose House in New York’s Hamptons (USA).
Other recent performance venues include Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (France), Giardini La Mortella (Italy), Villa Del Balbianello (Italy), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the British Embassies in Rome and Budapest, and in the UK: Belvoir Castle, Bloomsbury Ballrooms, the Handel House Museum, Christ Church Spitalfields, The Ambassadors Theatre, The Savoy Chapel, The Athenaeum Club, The East India Club, Asia House, and the Lebanese Embassy in London.
Phoebe performed Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben at St. James’ Piccadilly in October 2014 for the Concordia Foundation, along with her own translation of Shostakovich’s Spanish Songs. Her love for Russian song repertoire was ignited by her work with pianist and coach, Lada Valesova, who curated a series of concerts in which Phoebe performed in 2013 (at the Pushkin House and 22 Mansfield Street). Her 2013/14 season saw Phoebe perform the roles of Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) and Angelina (Trial by Jury) for Opéra de Baugé (France). She also appeared variously as Carmen, La Périchole, and Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) for the 2014 Clonter Opera Gala.
As a recipient of the International Opera Awards Foundation, Phoebe opened the 2014 Awards Ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. She sang Rossini’s Cruda Sorte, a work which she prepared with the esteemed support of David Syrus, Head of Music at the Royal Opera House.
Phoebe’s association with the English National Opera began in 2010 when she was invited to perform at a number of patrons’ events. Her recently-completed training with the ENO saw her perform the role of Annio from Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (scenes), at the Bloomsbury Theatre under the musical direction of Alexander Ingram.
This summer, Phoebe returned to Austria to join the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, where she was a finalist in the annual Meistersinger Competition, under the direction of conductor Karen Kamensek. Phoebe worked with the legendary Montserrat Caballé in masterclass in September 2015 at the Auditorio Zaragoza (Spain). In September and October 2015, Phoebe took on two modern cantatas: Britten’s Phaedra in London, and John Eaton’s El Divino Narciso in New York. She then goes on to sing the countertenor role of Katte in Scott Wheeler’s critically-acclaimed Sorrows of Frederick for Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC.
Phoebe is a passionate advocate for charitable causes, and very much enjoys working for Concordia Foundation and Memory Lane on a number of outreach projects at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
Phoebe is incredibly grateful for the continued support of the John Wates Charitable Trust, the International Opera Awards Foundation, Talent Unlimited, Opera Prelude, Dr. Henry Sauls, Dr. Michael Shipley & Mr. Phillip Rudge, and the Nicholas Boas Trust.
Personal reflections of Phoebe’s past roles: for the title role in Louis Andriessen’s opera monodrama in the Tête-A-Tête Festival for Anaïs Nin and the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus staged in 2013.