British Soprano Rosalind Dobson is a young artist at the National Opera Studio, and has just graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Rosalind previously studied English Literature at Magdalene College Cambridge, before graduating with distinction from the Royal College of Music. She studies under Wilma MacDougall and is a Sybil Tutton Opera Award holder. She is generously supported by the Carne Trust.
Her concert experience includes Berg’s Siebhen frühe Lieder (Façade Ensemble, Cadogan Hall), The Creation (St Martin in-the-Fields), Stockhausen’s Stimmung (Southbank Open Senses Festival), Birtwistle’s Cantata for solo soprano (Façade Ensemble, under the coaching of Jane Manning), ‘Old Letters’ by Weinberg (world premiere), John Passion ( St John Smith Square), Zodiac (Nino Russell, world premiere), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (West Road Concert Hall), Haydn’s Nelson Mass.
Operatic experience includes Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Clonter Opera, Controller in Dove’s Flight (RCS, March 2022), Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel (BYO/Silent Opera at Opera Holland Park, 2021), Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible (Berlin Opera Academy, 2019), The Artist in Joanna Ward’s Hunger (Korrigan Consort, 2019), Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring (Cambridge University Opera Society), Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (CUOS) and Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CUOS). In opera scenes at RCM she has performed the roles of Despina, Agnès (Written on Skin), Semele, Elmira (Sosarme) and Susanna. Rosalind has also appeared in contemporary opera premieres as Horatia in Lara Poe’s The Fermi Paradox and Hipster Cake in Lente Verelst’s Bear and Friends (RCM/Tête-à-tète). She has also created the roles of Annalyn 2 (Autopilot Saves Model S, Marco Galvani) with Faded Ink Productions, and Lucrezia d’Este (The Gentlewomen, Korrigan Consort, 2020). Rosalind also premiered the song cycle ‘Guide to the Lakes’ by Hans Vercauteren and Lente Verelst in Tête-à-Tête’s Summer festival (Cockpit theatre, 2021).
Theatre experience includes Walton’s Façade, alongside actor Samuel West (Summer Music in City Churches, 2019), Grace/Ensemble Venus and Adonis (The New Renaissance Collective, 2019). Rosalind is an associate Artist of the New Renaissance Collective, a young theatre company aiming to reinterpret classical texts through the mediums of movement, physical theatre, puppetry and music.
In 2020 she co-ordinated, commissioned and performed the music for the Open University’s Rêve: Romantic Sounds, an online exhibition of Romantic objects. She has also just finished writing her first libretto (Medusa, in collaboration with composer Nino Russell) and is looking forward to developing a number of contemporary operas in Spring/Summer 2022.
Rosalind has sung in masterclasses with Ann Murray, Josephine Barstow, Iestyn Davies, Lawrence Zazzo and Brindley Sherratt.
Rosalind is the 2022 winner of the Ye Cronies Opera Award.