The English mezzo-soprano, Miranda Westcott, read music at Birmingham University and studied performing on English National Opera’s course ‘The Knack’. Her studies continued privately with Jacqueline Bremar before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She gained a distinction on the Masters of Music course in 2005 with Robert Dean as her teacher and became a Samling Scholar in 2009. She recently completed eight months intensive work at Dennis O’Neill’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice.
Miranda Westcott made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) in June 2006 as Second Bridesmaid in Il nozze di Figaro under Sir Colin Davis and in 2007 sang Glasha in Katya Kabanova under Sir Charles Mackerras. At the ROH she also covered the roles of Schwertleite in Die Walküre, Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande and Masha in Queen of Spades. In January 2009 she performed the role of Jenny Diver in The Beggar’s Opera arranged by Benjamin Britten) in the Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH and recorded this for Chandos. She has performed Cherubino, Rosina, Suzuki, Olga, Nourrice in Milhaud’s Médée (UK premiere), Tisbe, Rossweise, Kate Pinkerton in Madame Buttefly, Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Dido and covered Dorabella, Statira in Antonio Vivaldi’s L’incoronazione di Dario, Juno and Smeaton working with companies including Welsh National Opera, Raymond Gubbay, British Youth Opera, Garsington and the Salzburg Easter Festival.
In concert Miranda has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, in the Crush Room series at the Royal Opera House, The Sage Gateshead, Shakespeare’s Globe, Oxford Lieder Festival, The Handel House Museum, The English Haydn Festival and Canterbury Cathedral as well as private galas around Europe.