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Felicity Buckland

Mezzo Soprano

Felicity Buckland is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she won the Eunice Pettigrew Prize. She went on to train on the ENO Opera Works programme and currently studies with Mary Plazas.

In the current season Felicity returns to English National Opera as Kasturbai in Phelim McDermott’s acclaimed staging of Satyagraha and covers Siegrune in their new production of The Valkyrie.

Recent highlights include Lily Porgy and Bess at the Theater an der Wien; Wellgude in Birmingham Opera’s production of Wagner’s RhineGold; and understudying Second Woman/Fury The Mask of Orpheus, Diana Orpheus in the Underworld and Mercédès Carmen all for English National Opera. Felicity also performed in the Olivier Award-winning ensemble in Porgy and Bess for English National Opera and Dutch National Opera.

Operatic engagements include Carmen (Kentish Opera); Rosina The Barber of Seville (Surrey Opera); Angelina La Cenerentola (High Time); Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro, Third Lady The Magic Flute (OperaUpClose); Rossweisse Die Walküre (Grange Park Opera); Olga Eugene Onegin (OperaUpClose, Opera South East); Maddalena Rigoletto (Park Opera); and Paquette Candide (West Green House Opera). Roles unerstudied include 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.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Felicity Buckland worldwide

Reviews

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…”
(Bachtrack)


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.”
(Plays to See)

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News

10 Dec 2021

19, 22, 25, 28 Nov | 1, 4, 7, 10 Dec 2021

Wagner: The Valkyrie
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins | Anthony Negus
Director: Richard Jones