Felicity Buckland

Felicity Buckland
Music

Felicity received a BMus 1st Class Hons at the RNCM where she won the Eunice Pettigrew Prize, and on ENO’s Opera Works programme. She studies with Mary Plazas.

Felicity returned from Amsterdam in February 2019 after performing in the Olivier Award-winning ensemble and covering Lily in the smash-hit Porgy and Bess, a co-production with English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera New York. She then made two major role debuts: first as Carmen for Kentish Opera, followed by Rosina in The Barber of Seville for Surrey Opera.

Further roles include: La Cenerentola (High Time); Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Up Close); Olga Eugene Onegin (Opera Up Close, Opera South East, and Mid Wales Opera cover); 3rd Lady The Magic Flute (Opera Up Close); Rossweisse Die Walküre (Grange Park Opera); Maddalena Rigoletto (Park Opera); Ida/cover Orlovsky Die Fledermaus (Opera Danube); and Paquette Candide and cover Suzuki Madama Butterfly (West Green House Opera). Felicity created the role of Una in Merry Opera’s multiple awards-nominated Kiss Me, Figaro!, has sung chorus for Opera North, Opera Holland Park, Cantiere Internazionale D'Arte and Opéra de Baugé, and was a chorus mentor for Birmingham Opera's ambitious production of Tippett's The Ice Break.

In solo oratorio, Felicity has sung Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Handel Messiah & Dixit Dominus, Mozart Requiem, Bach St Matthew Passion, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn Nelson Mass & Theresien Mass, Durufle Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah, Schubert Mass in C, Rutter Feel the Spirit, Smythe Mass in D and Jenkins The Armed Man, conducted by the composer at Royal Festival Hall. She also performs and records as a professional consort and session singer, including appearing on Eric Whitacre’s Grammy Award-winning choral disc, Light and Gold.

Felicity has a keen interest in music education and community outreach. In 2016 she went on the road with English Touring Opera, where she played the role of Mama in Dust Child, a specially-composed opera for children with special needs, alongside chorus in the mainstage shows. She has performed as Cherubino, Hansel and Orfeo in Trouser Power as part of Pride Family Sunday at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and has developed a relationship with Baseless Fabric Theatre, a company specialising in creating free promenade opera in public community spaces. She opened their inaugural show as Sadie in new commission Drifting Dragons in 2016, returned in 2017 and 2018 as Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, and has run opera taster workshops for hundreds of children in primary and secondary schools across south-west London.

The 2019/20 season sees Felicity join the chorus at Opera North for Martinů’s Greek Tragedy, alongside cover roles at ENO in The Mask of Orpheus (Birtwistle), Orpheus in the Underworld and Carmen.

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