British lyric soprano Verity Wingate was recently appointed as the latest member of the Dutch National Opera Studio at the Nationale Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam. She made her debut in the house in the role of Elisetta in Cimarosa’s comic opera ‘Il Matrimonio Segreto’. Verity was noticed for this opportunity when she made her operatic debut as Pamina at Garsington Opera in 2018, stepping in last minute as the understudy of the role. Next season Verity will appear in several small roles with the Dutch National Opera as well as understudying lead roles. The full season details will be announced in the autumn.
Verity is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music and is the recipient of several awards and scholarships. She was awarded Garsington Opera’s prestigious Leonard Ingram Award in 2018. At GSMD she received the Paul Hamburger Prize for Schubert song awarded by Graham Johnson and is a scholar of the Alvarez Young Artist Programme, Samling Institute and Mendelssohn Foundation. She was also awarded Third Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2018.
After a project as a student at GSMD with The Prince Consort at Wigmore Hall, Verity was invited to become a member of the prestigious group founded by pianist Alisdair Hogarth. As a member of the group Verity performed solo recitals at Wigmore Hall; Harrogate, Bath and Hertfordshire Music Festivals, BBC 3 Radio’s In Tune and regularly appeared on Classic FM. The Prince Consort collaborate with various different artists, poets and composers to create new ways of appreciating and performing art song, something Verity is particularly passionate about.
As a concert and oratorio soloist her engagements have included the world premiere of ‘The King’s Revels’ by Judith Bingham; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and B minor Mass; Handel’s Jephtha, Messiah and Athalia; Mozart’s C minor Mass and Requiem; the Brahms Requiem; Mahler’s 4th Symphony; Verdi songs; and Janacek’s ‘The Diary of One Who Disappeared’, at venues including the Barbican, Aldeburgh Festival, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bath Abbey and Wells Cathedral.
The details of Verity’s 2019/2020 season will be announced in the autumn of 2019.