A past winner of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award‚ and a distinguished graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, soprano Gillian Keith made her Royal Opera‚ Covent Garden debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and has gone on to repeat the role with great success at Ópera de Oviedo and Welsh National Opera. Other operatic appearances include Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ROH and at English National Opera‚ Nannetta Falstaff and Pretty Polly in Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy‚ both for ENO‚ and Pretty Polly in Geneva. She has sung Lucinda in Conti’s Don Chisciotte for Netherlands Opera under Rene Jacobs‚ Tiny in Britten’s Paul Bunyan for the Bregenz Festival‚ Elmira in Opera North’s Croesus‚ Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante in Halle‚ Philine in Thomas’ Mignon, and Iphis in Handel’s Jeptha, both for Buxton Festival, The Woodbird in Scottish Opera’s Siegfried, and Poppea in Basel and in Boston.
Concert performances include Oliver Knussen’s Symphony No 2 at the BBC Proms, Exsultate, jubilate with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Angel in Handel’s La Resurrezione with Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Handel & Haydn Society, Boston, Handel’s Messiah and Silete venti with The Sixteen in Hong Kong, Sydney Opera House and New Zealand, and The Songbook with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at Wigmore Hall. She has presented her original spoken recital show Debussy and his Muse at Wilton’s Music Hall, Buxton Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Recent appearances include the title role in HK Gruber’s Gloria: A Pigtail at Royal Opera’s Linbury Studio Theatre, Buxton Festival and Bregenz Festival, Bach solo cantatas with Northern Chamber Orchestra, Kurtág’s Scenes from a Novel with the Psappha Ensemble, Handel’s Messiah in Washington National Cathedral, Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Handel and Haydn Society, Boston), Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, the role of Ruth Ellis in Tom Randle’s new opera Love Me To Death at The Barbican’s Pit Theatre, and the premiere of works by David Matthews and Cecilia McDowall at the Presteigne Festival. Gillian also gave a series of recitals on the theme of ‘Composers and their Muses’ at Royal Over-Seas House in Edinburgh during the 2015 Fringe Festival. This season’s and future projects include performances and a multi-disc recording of Bach solo cantatas with Armonico Consort, as well as concerts of Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Vivaldi’s La sena festeggiante with La Serenissima at Buxton Festival, Gounod’s La Colombe with Danube Opera, and several song recitals in the UK, France and the US. She has also founded a recital series in East London, where she gives regular concerts with her partner, Tom Randle, and pianist, John Reid.