Mezzo-soprano Louise Collett gained a First Class Honours Degree, Post-Graduate Diploma in Concert Singing, Master of Music and Master of Opera (all with Distinction) at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She completed Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists programme in August 2010 and studies with Karen Cargill. Louise is also a Samling Artist.
Concert and Oratorio repertoire covers a wide spectrum for Louise, including Handel Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Bach Wienachts Oratorium, St John Passion and Magnificat, Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass, ElgarSea Pictures, Duruflé Requiem, Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben, and Britten Rejoice in the Lamb. Louise has performed alongside Sir Thomas Allen with the Parliament Choir, Southbank Sinfonia and Simon Over in Elgar The Apostles at Westminster Cathedral, sang Berio Folksongs with the Hebrides Ensemble, appeared as a Samling Artist mezzo-soprano soloist in an opera gala concert at Wigmore Hall with Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau and in 2011 performed Le marteau sans maître Boulez and Upon Silence George Benjamin with The Theseus Ensemble at the Royal Opera House.
Operatic roles include Mezzo Ensemble Jakob Lenz (ENO), Suzuki Madama Butterfly (Opera Bohemia), Lola Cavalleria Rusticana (Scottish Opera Concert Performance), Maddalena Rigoletto (Scottish Opera), Olga The Merry Widow (Scottish Opera on Tour), as well as Wowkle La Fanciulla Del West, Lehrbube Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Mère Jeanne Les Dialogues des Carmélites all in concert performance at the Edinburgh International Festival. In summer 2007, Louise sang in the Chorus of the Bayreuth Festival, appearing in Parsifal, Tannhaüser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Roles performed during her time at the RSAMD include Florence Pike Albert Herring, Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea, Older Woman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Third Woman in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom, Olga Eugene Onegin, La Prieure Les dialogues des Carmélites and the title role in staged performances of Britten’s cantata Phaedra which she also performed in Rostov-on-Don, Russia in April 2009.
During her year on the Scottish Opera Emerging Artist programme Louise sang with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in St Andrew’s in the Square, covered the role of Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, premiered a number of roles as part of the contemporary opera project Five:15, and was the mezzo-soprano soloist on the Essential Scottish Opera tour around Scotland.