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Felicity Buckland is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and English National Opera’s Opera Works programme. While at the RNCM she won the Eunice Pettigrew Prize.
In the current season engagements include her return to English National Opera as Daughter 4 in Phelim McDermott’s acclaimed staging of Akhanten and Girlfriend/Congregant 2 (cover) in the UK premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s Blue; she also makes debut appearances with Cambridge Philharmonic and Huddersfield Choral Society.
Recent highlights include Kasturbai Satyagraha and Siegrune (cover) The Valkyrie for English National Opera; Wellgunde in Birmingham Opera’s production of Wagner’s RhineGold; and Lily Porgy and Bess at the Theater an der Wien.
Operatic engagements include the title role in Carmen and Nicklausse The Tales of Hoffmann (Kentish Opera); Rossweisse Die Walküre (Grange Park Opera); Paquette Candide (West Green House Opera); Rosina The Barber of Seville (Surrey Opera); Angelina La Cenerentola (High Time); Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro, Third Lady The Magic Flute (OperaUpClose); Olga Eugene Onegin (OperaUpClose, Opera South East); and Maddalena Rigoletto (Park Opera). Roles understudied include Second Woman/Fury The Mask of Orpheus, Diana Orpheus in the Underworld and Mercédès Carmen (ENO); Olga Eugene Onegin (Mid Wales Opera) and Suzuki Madama Butterfly (West Green House Opera).
On the concert platform repertoire includes Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Handel Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Mozart Requiem, Bach St Matthew Passion, Rossini Petite messe solennelle, Haydn Nelson Mass and Theresienmesse, Duruflé Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah, Schubert Mass in C, Beethoven Mass in C, Rutter Feel the Spirit, Smythe Mass in D, and Jenkins The Armed Man, conducted by the composer at Royal Festival Hall. She also performs and records as a professional consort and session singer, including appearing on Eric Whitacre’s Grammy Award-winning choral disc, Light and Gold.
Felicity has a keen interest in music education and community outreach. She has developed a relationship with Baseless Fabric Theatre, a company specialising in creating free promenade opera in public community spaces – she opened their inaugural show as Sadie in new commission Drifting Dragons in 2016 and returned as Dorabella in Così fan tutte. For English Touring Opera she has played the role of Mama in Dust Child, an opera for children with special educational needs, and was a chorus mentor for Birmingham Opera’s production of Tippett’s The Ice Break. She performed as Cherubino, Hansel and Orfeo in Trouser Power as part of Pride Family Sunday at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and has run workshops in primary and secondary schools across the country. She is also longstanding tutor at Blackheath Conservatoire.
Kasturbai / Satyagraha / English National Opera / 2021
“James Cleverton’s Mr Kallenbach’s baritone, William Thomas’s bass Parsi Rustomji, soprano Verity Wingate’s Mrs Naidoo, Felicity Buckland’s mezzo Kasturbai (Ghandi’s wife) blend like milk and honey.”
(British Theatre Guide)
“Gabriella Cassidy, Verity Wingate and Felicity Buckland were similarly well-matched as the women in Gandhi’s life…”
Rosina / The Barber of Seville / Surrey Opera / 2019
“It was a huge pleasure to see the accomplished Felicity Buckland in the role of Rosina.”
(Surrey Music Reporters)
Olga / Eugene Onegin / OperaUpClose / 2017
“Felicity Buckland was a superb Olga.”
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