British soprano Harriet Burns is studying with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Opera Course programme. In 2018 she graduated from the GSMD Artist Masters Programme, studying with Professor Susan McCulloch and Yvonne Kenny, with a distinction and a concert recital diploma and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (BMus Hons). She is a Samling Artist, Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. 


Passionate about song, highlights include a debut album volume VIII of Graham Johnson’s Brahms Lieder (The Complete Songs) with Hyperion (released August 2019) and making her Wigmore Hall debut with Graham Johnson in a recital of Schubert Lieder. She has performed in numerous recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist, the Ryedale Festival, de Singel and the Chiltern Arts Festival with artists including James Baillieu, Christopher Glynn, Caitlin Hulcup, Samuel Hasselhorn, Brian O’Kane, the Phoenix Piano Trio, Ian Tindale, Michael Pandya and Adam Walker. Through the Guildhall School she has been a Prince Consort Side by Side Artist performing at the Wigmore Hall, and performed in Iain Burnside’s latest production Swansong in Milton Court Studio Theatre. 


She has won numerous song competitions including 2nd prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall Independent Opera International Song Competition, 1st prize at the 2019 Maureen Lehane Competition, winner of the compulsory song prize "Oh che tranquillo mar" and recital prize at the 2019 International Vocal Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch with Ian Tindale, joint winner of the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform with Michael Pandya, the 2017 Paul Hamburger prize for Lieder and the 2017 Franz-Schubert-Institut competition. 


New music highlights include Sister Grace in Lliam Paterson's The Angel Esmeralda commissioned by Scottish Opera for the Guildhall School, performing Varèse's Offrandes as part of the BBC's Total Immersion series with Geoffrey Paterson and the Guildhall New Music ensemble, works by Weir and Golijov in the This is Rattle series at the Barbican (Milton Court Concert Hall), Weir's Nuits D'Afrique with the Phoenix Piano Trio and Adam Walker at the Ryedale Festival and at the Oxford Lieder Festival with James Ballieu, Brian O'Kane and Adam Walker, and the première of Edward Nesbit's The Burial of the Stars alongside Cellophony at the Barbican (Milton Court Concert Hall).


Operatic roles have included Sister Grace (The Angel Esmeralda, Lliam Paterson), Nerina (La Fedeltà premiata, Haydn), and Aminta (Aminta e Fillide, Handel) with Guildhall Opera School, Gold-Tressed Maiden (The Hogboon, Maxwell Davies) with the LSO directed by Sir Simon Rattle at the Barbican, Giove as Diana (La Calisto, Cavalli), Emmie (Albert Herring, Britten) and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart) with Hampstead Garden Opera, Mary 2 (Passion and Resurrection, Harvey) at the Voices of London Festival, Lead Vocalist (Improvised History of the World) at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Zdenka (Arabella, Strauss), Governess (Turn of the Screw, Britten), Jano (Jenufa, Janacek), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Marzelline (Fidelio, Beethoven), Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi) for the Guildhall Opera School studio scenes, Eurydice (L'Orphée, Glück), Adina (L'elisir d'amore, Donizetti), Carolina (Il Matrimonio Segreto, Cimarosa), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart) for the Guildhall School opera scenes and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck) and Tina (Flight, Dove) for the Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes.


Harriet also enjoys working with young voices and is the vocal coach to the choristers of St Mary Merton. She is grateful for the financial support of Hazel and Chris Abbott, the Sidney Perry Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors, the Guildhall School Trust, The Altrusa Careers Trust, The Michael James Music Trust and The Winship Foundation.For future performances please see Schedule. 


Photo credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke