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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 will perform Wellgude in Birmingham Opera’s production of Wagner’s RhineGold, directed by Graham Vick and conducted by Alpesh Chauhan with the CBSO. Next season she will make her mainstage debut for English National Opera as Kasturbai in Satyagraha and covers Siegrune in The Valkyrie.
Recent highlights include Lily Porgy and Bess (Theater an der Wien) 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.
“Felicity Buckland’s Cherubino is a lovely creation, exuding megawatt charm and a commanding sexuality.”
(The Independent / Michael Church)
“Felicity Buckland was a superb Olga.”
(Plays to See)
“It was a huge pleasure to see the accomplished Felicity Buckland in the role of Rosina.”
(Surrey Music Reporters)