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 recital, 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, Malcolm Martineau, Joseph Middleton and Ian Tindale. In 2019 Harriet's debut album, Graham Johnson's The Songs of Brahms: Volume 8 was released with Hyperion records, and she appears on Graham Johnson's The Songs of Brahms: Volume 9 in duets with Robin Tritschler.
Recent operatic roles include Oriana (cover, Amadigi, Handel) for Garsington Opera, Sister Grace (The Angel Esmeralda, Lliam Paterson), Nerina (La Fedeltà premiata, Haydn), and Aminta (Aminta e Fillide, Handel) with Guildhall Opera. In 2020, Harriet was due to cover the role of Sifare (Mitridate, Mozart) at Garsington Opera but this was postponed due to Covid-19.
Harriet is a member of staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 2021/2022 will be leading Voiceworks: Contemporary Collaborations and working on Wigmore Voiceworks projects. Harriet is also the vocal coach to the choristers of St Mary Merton and singing teacher to both the girl (Frideswide Voices) and boy choristers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
Photo credit: Eugene Dillon-Hooper