Soprano Joanna Foote grew up in the Far North of New Zealand. As a teenager she began her music studies when chosen to sing the lead in Russ Garcia’s Through the Looking Glass, who was well known for his big band arrangements of Porgy and Bess for Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
She went on to complete her Bachelor of Music at The University of Auckland, before heading to Los Angeles for a Master’s in Music at UCLA. While in California, Joanna sang the roles of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Polly in Weill and Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, and Julie Jordon in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel for OperaUCLA. Joanna earned a scholarship to attend the Chautauqua Institution Summer Academy for two consecutive years where she sang Le Rossingnol in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges and Mrs Gleaton in Floyd’s Susannah. At the culmination of her Masters degree Joanna went on to the finals in the 2009 McDonald’s Aria Competition at the Sydney Opera House, and won The 2009 Otago Daily Times Aria Competition in New Zealand.
Heading to New York for a year for private study, highlights of 2009/10 included singing Najade in The Seattle Young Artists production of Ariadne auf Naxos, an Offenbach review with Opéra Français de New York at the Slipper Room Burlesque Club, and appearing in the BBC Documentary ‘What makes a great soprano?’ with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
In 2010 Joanna made the move over the Atlantic, attending the prestigious Solti/Te Kanawa Accadamia in Italy with tutors such as Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Moving to London she received the 2010/11 Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Grant for continued private studies.
Since in the UK highlights have been touring Europe with Diva Opera performing Marie in La fille du Regiment, Adina in L’elisir d’amore for Haddo House Operatic Society in Scotland, and reaching the finals for the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. In 2013 she sang with The Opera Group, performing at the Paris Châtelet and Barcelona Liçeu, in a revival of the award-winning production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene which appeared at the Young Vic with the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2011, and sang Valencienne in The Merry Widow with Opera Danube/St John’s Smith Square.
Joanna attended the 2013 Academy of French Song and Opera in Toulouse and is a Samling Artist.
Future highlights include ANON with WNO Max and Zerlina with Diva Opera.