Frances Bourne (mezzo-soprano) studied at Trinity College‚ Cambridge and The Royal Academy of Music‚ where she won many singing prizes.
Recent and upcoming engagements include Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, Olga Eugene Onegin (Grange Park Opera)‚ Gymnasiast/Groom/Theater-Garderobiere Lulu (La Monnaie), Amando Le grand macabre (La Monnaie‚ English National Opera and Buenos Aires), Mother Goose The Rake’s Progress and Tippet’s Child of our Time (St Endellion Festival).
Further appearances include Hansel‚ Hermia‚ Stéphano Roméo et Juliette and Louhi in Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter (for Opera North); Sorceress Dido and Aeneas and Puck Oberon under Gardiner‚ Junon Acteon (Aldeburgh); Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Holland Park); Cherubino (Grange Park); Judith Weir’s The Consolations of Scholarship (Kokoro); Oreste (ROH2); Jane Snow White, Waltraute Ring Cycle and Pitti Sing The Mikado (Reisopera); Irene Tamerlano (20th anniversary of the Cambridge Handel Opera Group); and Rachel Portman’s The Water Diviner’s Tale (BBC Proms).
In great demand on the concert platform Frances has sung with many of Europe’s leading conductors‚ including Harry Christophers‚ Sir John Eliot Gardiner‚ Emmanuelle Haïm‚ Andrew Manze‚ Sir Neville Marriner‚ Sir Roger Norrington and Trevor Pinnock. Recent concerts include St. Matthew Passion at Gloucester Cathedral‚ Messiah with the City of Birmingham Choir and CBSO‚ Beethoven’s Mass in C at Worcester Cathedral‚ Mozart’s Requiem with Harrogate Choral Society‚ Dream of Gerontius in Tiverton and Elgar The Musicmakers with Ware Choral Society. Further performances include Messiah (The Sixteen)‚ A Child Of Our Time (Huddersfield Choral Society)‚ Pergolesi Stabat Mater (Hanover Band)‚ Mozart C minor mass‚ Bach B minor mass (Gloucester Cathedral)‚ and Dvorak Stabat Mater (Winchester Cathedral) and appearances with the Northern Sinfonia‚ Manchester Camerata‚ City of London Sinfonia‚ English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus and the Three Choirs Festival.
A keen recitalist‚ she has performed for New Kent Opera with Gary Cooper‚ Buxton Festival with Malcolm Martineau and as artist in residence at the Presteigne Festival. Recordings include Mozart Requiem (European Chamber Orchestra)‚ Copland In the Beginning (Gloucester Cathedral Choir)‚ Bach Cantata 148 and Puck Oberon‚ and her debut solo CD‚ The Truth about Love‚ a collection of cabaret songs by Britten‚ Martinu and Weill (Sony BMG Masterworks).