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Rhonda Browne

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Rhonda Browne’s passion for singing began with the internationally acclaimed New Zealand Youth Choir, and in 2004 she relocated to London to pursue a solo career. Subsequently Rhonda was awarded the London Wagner Society’s Bayreuth Bursary and Audience Prize, was a finalist in the 2014 Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist Programme auditions, and studied on the Singers of Tomorrow programme at the National Opera Studio.

In the current season she performs in the Mozart Requiem with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and further ahead makes her mainstage debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Her operatic roles include of Erda Das Rheingold and Siegfried, and Schwertleite Die Walküre (Longborough Festival Opera); Filipyevna Eugene Onegin (West Green House Opera); Lady Bertram Mansfield Park (Opera South); Baba The Turk The Rake’s Progress (Bury Court Opera); Mistress Bentson Lakmé (Swansea City Opera); Witch Hänsel und Gretel (Pop-Up Opera, Iford Arts, Opera in Space , Open Door Opera); Auntie Peter Grimes (Nottingham Philharmonic); The Duchess of Plaza Toro The Gondoliers, Ludmila The Bartered Bride and created the role of Gudrun in the world premiere of Coleridge Taylor’s Thelma (Surrey Opera); Zia Principessa Suor Angelica (Talent Unlimited, Giornata Opera); Zita Gianni Schicchi (Fulham Opera); staged productions of Handel’s Messiah (The Merry Opera Company); and Rossweisse Die Walküre (The Mastersingers).

Rhonda has understudied roles including Erda Das Rheingold and Siegfried, Grimgerde, Schwertleite and Rossweisse Die Walküre and First Norn Götterdämmerung (Opera North); First Norn and Flosshilde (Longborough Festival Opera); and Ulrica Un ballo in maschera (Iford Arts).

Concert engagements include Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (English National Ballet at The Royal Opera House and London Coliseum); Elgar Sea Pictures (Sheffield Symphony Orchestra); and Wagner Wesendonck Lieder (Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Auckland). Other repertoire includes Rossini Petite messe solennelle, Bach Weinachtsoratorium, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Missa Brevis and Requiem, Handel Messiah, Duruflé Requeim, and Saint Saëns Christmas Oratorio. She has also performed recitals in New Zealand, Germany and the UK.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Rhonda Browne worldwide

Reviews

Mistress Bentson / Lakmé / Swansea City Opera / 2017
“Rhonda Browne was well cast as governess Mistress Bentson”
(Opera)


Baba the Turk / The Rake’s Progress / Bury Court Opera / 2015
“Rhonda Browne’s stately – and beardless – Baba, resplendent in gold from head to toe, was played and sung with both dignity and panache”
(Opera)


Der Ring des Nibelungen / Longborough Festival Opera / 2013
“Wagner Society 2013 Bayreuth Bursary winner Rhonda Browne was stately and dignified, her familiarity with the role lending a gravitas to her pronouncements, rare in one so young. I swear however she had a twinkle in her eye, wholly appropriate given what will pass between Erda and Wotan!… One senses Browne will continue to mature well, both in voice and stage presence and will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.”
(Wagner News)

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