Mezzo-soprano Flora Macdonald recently won the Isabel Jay Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Alex Ashworth and Matthew Fletcher.
Her roles include Flora in Dove’s The Enchanted Pig (Hampstead Garden Opera), Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Magnetic Opera), Dido in a concert performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Wigmore Hall), Sorceress in the same opera under Michael Chance (Grange Festival), the mezzo role in Alex Paxton’s new opera Thorstein Shiver with Helios Collective at the English National Opera’s Lilian Baylis House and Wu in Maxwell Davies' Kommilitonen! (Welsh National Youth Opera - Best Opera at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017).
Flora graduated from Cardiff University with First-class honours in her BMus degree. She was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Prize and the David Lloyd Prize. While there, she worked with composer Robert Fokkens, which cultivated her love of contemporary music. Since then, she has worked with Judith Weir, Errollyn Wallen, Howard Skempton, David Pountney, Jonathan Moore and the Juice Vocal Ensemble (Sarah Dacey, Kerry Andrew and Anna Snow).
Flora will be playing the role of Fanny Price in Dove’s Mansfield Park with Waterperry Opera Festival in August, before joining the Dutch National Opera Academy in September.
Flora is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.