Harriet Burns is the recipient of numerous awards including 2nd prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition, the compulsory Song Prize and Recital Prize at the 2019 International Vocal Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch, 1st prize at the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, winner of the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform, the 2017 Paul Hamburger prize for Lieder and the 2017 Franz-Schubert-Institut Competition. She is a Samling Artist, Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Harriet was a member of the Guildhall Opera School where she graduated with Distinction on the Artist Diploma programme.


In recitals Harriet has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, International Lied Festival Zeist, the Ryedale Festival, de Singel and the Chiltern Arts Festival with pianists including James Baillieu,  Imogen Cooper, Christopher Glynn, Graham Johnson, Sholto Kynoch, Joseph Middleton and Ian Tindale. Future song recitals include Gounod and Georgina (devised by Henrietta Bredin) with John Mark Ainsley, Malcolm Martineau and Petroc Trelawny at the Wigmore Hall.


Recent 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. This summer Harriet will be covering the role of Oriana in Handel’s Amadigi at Garsington Opera.


Harriet enjoys teaching and works at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a sight-singing tutor to the undergraduate vocal students, is the vocal coach to the choristers of St Mary Merton and temporary singing teacher to the choristers of Frideswide Voices (Christ Church Cathedral girl's choir). 



Photo credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke