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Felicity Turner

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Biography

Felicity began singing as a chorister, and later Head Girl Chorister, of Exeter Cathedral. In 2011 she graduated with First Class Honours in Music and Drama from Royal Holloway, University of London where she was also a choral scholar with the Choir of Royal Holloway, touring widely in Europe and the USA and recording exclusively for Hyperion Records. Felicity then studied with Theresa Goble on the Guildhall Artist Masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2017 with Distinction. 

Most recently Felicity appeared as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel (Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra), and with the chorus of Bergen National Opera in Wagner’s Die fliegende Holländer. Other operatic roles include Golden-Tressed Maiden in Maxwell-Davies’ The Hogboon (London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle); Third Boy in Die Zauberflöte (Mid Wales Opera, Opera Project); Narrator A Sign in Space (Gestalt Arts); Diana La Calisto, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (Hampstead Garden Opera); Ottavia L’incoronazione di Poppea, Fidalma Il Matrimonio Segreto, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte (GSMD). She also toured London, Dublin, and New York in Drums & Guns, a song-in-theatre production devised and directed by Iain Burnside.

Passionate about the song repertoire, Felicity has performed in recital at the Wigmore Hall, Holywell Music Room, and Milton Court Concert Hall, and performs regularly with SongSpiel, a song collective creating innovative performance pieces using multi-voice art song repertoire. She is a 2018 Leeds Lieder Young Artist and has taken part in Mastercourses at both the Oxford Lieder Festival and Ziest International Lieder Festival. She has studied with  renowned performers of the song repertoire such as Malcom Martineau, Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Eugene Asti, Elly Ameling, Thomas Allen, Wolfgang Holzmair, Robert Holl, and Sarah Walker. Her first solo recording, Jonathan Dove’s My Love is Mine for Naxos (2012), was described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘beguiling’ and ‘a sheer pleasure’.

On the concert platform, Felicity has appeared with the London Mozart Players, the Southbank Sinfonia the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and the Bristol Ensemble at venues such as St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Cadogan Hall in London, and Vannes Cathedral, France, and Kristiansand Cathedral, Norway, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. Concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Bach’s St John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat and B minor Mass, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse and Harmoniemesse, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem and C minor Mass, and Rutter’s Feel the Spirit.   

Felicity is the winner of the 2018 Cheltenham Baroque Singing Competition and in 2017 was the winner of the British Song Competition, the Sacred Aria Prize at the National Mozart Singing Competition, and was a finalist in the Susan Longfield Competition. Future highlights include performing the role of Dorabella in Ryedale Festival Opera’s production of Così fan tutte, working with the collaborative theatre company Gaggle Haus to create a new promenade family opera, and recital appearances for the London Song Festival.

Having taken part in the inaugural Genesis Sixteen choral training scheme, run by The Sixteen and the Genesis Foundation, Felicity has previously enjoyed performing as a consort singer with Tenebrae, Polyphony, The Choir of the Enlightenment, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, The King's Consort, and is a permanent member of the Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London.

Felicity is grateful to The Guildhall School Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The Radford Charitable Trust Cornwall, The Leathersellers' Trust, The Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants, and The Peter Nutting Trust for supporting her through her studies.