Flora McIntosh

Samling Artist Programme: 2005

Described by Opera Now as a mezzo soprano with ‘…a fabulously sexy voice of prodigious range’, Flora McIntosh studied at the RNCM where she received generous support from the Peter Moores Foundation and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. During her studies she won several awards including the Anne Ziegler Award and Ricordi Opera Prize. Flora now studies with Arwel Treharne Morgan; she is a Samling Artist and has participated in masterclasses with, amongst others, Malcolm Martineau, Jane Eaglen, Della Jones and Graham Vick.

Operatic experience includes the title role in Carmen (OperaUpClose, Opera Garden, Opera Brava, LFO), Cherubino (Opera a la Carte), Meg Page (Opera Garden), Judith in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (RNCM), The Drummer in The Emperor of Atlantis (Halle and Imperial War Museum North), Masha in Pique Dame (RNCM), Dido/The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas (Barnes Choral/Silk Opera), Suzanne in Butler’s A Better Place (RNCM), Dorabella (ETO cover), Papagena and 3rd Lady (ETO), Myrtale in Thaïs and 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute (Grange Park Opera), Idamante (New Sussex Opera and Forestbird Productions), Der Komponist and Hermia (excerpts for Clonter Opera) and Fanny Nelson/Emma Hamilton in the world premiere of Bawden’s A Sailor’s Tale later recorded for NMC. Flora made her international debut in Tre cantate per J S Bach at the Batignano Festival in Italy where she returned the following year with Handel’s cantata Armida Abbandonata. She has travelled to Venice and Monte Carlo with London Festival Opera and sang various roles in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the European Opera Centre in Greece and Cyprus.

Equally happy on the concert platform, Flora has sung in venues across the UK and Europe. Highlights include the Angel and the Queen in Mendelssohn’s Elijah alongside Sir Thomas Allen at Westminster Cathedral (Parliament Choir and SBS), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Huddersfield Choral Society and recitals at The Forge, London. Most recently Flora participated in the prestigious week of masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau at Crear.

Most recently: Flora in La Traviata at The Soho Theatre, London; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, both for Regents Opera; The Angel in The Dream of Gerontius and Octavian in excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier with Lambeth Orchestra.

Current and future plans include performances of La Traviata at The Tricycle Theatre, London; Cherubino for Regents Opera; Carmen in a new production for the Soho Theatre and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; The Goddess of the Sea in the premiere of Ulla’s Odyssey at Kings Place, London; Kate Pinkerton for Bury Court Opera; and Second Wood Sprite in Rusalka for Forestbird Productions.

Flora lives in North London with her husband and 2 young children.