Mezzo soprano Annie George recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s ‘David Seligman Opera School’ with a MA Advanced Opera Performance with Distinction. Previously, she studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in 2019.
She currently studies with Colette McGahon and John Fisher.
Annie's studies at the RWCMD were supported by a HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship, a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship and a John Rath and John Underwood Scholarship. She is very grateful to be a Help Musician's Sybil Tutton Opera Award holder.
Whilst studying at the RWCMD, she performed the roles of Mrs Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium, Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and the titular character in Britten’s cantata Phaedra. Her scenes have included Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma and Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte for a gala concert with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera conducted by Maestro Carlo Rizzi.
One of Annie's performance highlights was singing the role of Zefkta in Janacek's The diary of one who disappeared alongside Nicky Spence and Simon Lepper in the Dora Stoutzker Hall in February 2020. She has appeared in masterclasses with Sir Antonio Pappano, Kitty Whateley, Roderick Williams and Roberta Alexander as part of the events surrounding Cardiff Singer of the World.
Whilst at the RBC, Annie sang the roles of Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Mrs Peachum in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera, Leonie in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne and was a soloist in their staged production of Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals. Roles for their opera scenes include The Forewoman in Charpentier’s Louise, The Minskwoman in Dove’s Flight and Sally in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. For her final year project, Annie directed and sung the role of Madame Popova in a production of Walton’s The Bear which was very well received.
Professionally, Annie has sung in the chorus for the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Arcadian Opera and Dorset Opera as an emerging artist. On the concert platform, works include Beethoven’s Mass in C, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Rutter’s Magnificat, Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
Annie also has a strong background in choral music. Before her Conservatoire studies, she sang with the Cantabile Youth Choir and the Christine Sumner Academy of Music. During her time at the Conservatoire, Annie has sung with the renowned Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore and Paul Spicer and has appeared on two of their CD’s with Somm Recordings.
Future engagements include performing in the chorus of Carmen for Opera Holland Park.
"...A totally professional performance of the highest standard from everyone involved...
Tonight's performance outshone Covent Garden easily..."
-Tim Walton, 2019 regarding Annie's production of Walton's The Bear