British soprano Harriet Burns is fast developing a reputation as a

“polished, witty, expressive and sweet-toned” (The Times) performer

both in recital and on stage. An acclaimed interpreter of song, Harriet has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder Festivals, International Lied Festival Zeist, Ryedale Festival and de Singel 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. 


On the operatic stage, recent 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 laureate of numerous international competitions. Successes include 2nd prize and German Lied Award at 2022 Concours Musical International de Montréal (Art Song division) where she also won a Vocal Residency at McGill and Montréal Universities.  In 2019, she was awarded 2nd prize at the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition, the Compulsory Song Prize and Recital Prize at the International Vocal Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch and 1st prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall. She was also 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 proud to be a City Music Foundation Artist, 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.


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 the Wigmore Voiceworks project. 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: Benjamin Ealovega