Rhona McKail

Samling Artist Programme: 2006

Rhona McKail studies with John Evans and completed her training on the GSMD opera course in 2009 where she gained MMus and MMP degrees. Prior to that she received a BA Hons (Musical Studies) from the RSAMD.

Most recently Rhona was on tour with Opera Della Luna singing Hanna in The Merry Widow and last autumn she covered and performed the role of Eurydice in Orpheus and the Underworld for Scottish Opera. Other roles Rhona has performed include: Angel 1 in Luke Bedford’s new opera Seven Angels for the Opera Group; Servillia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito for English Touring Opera; Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte for Vignette Opera in Provence and London; Adele in Die Fledermaus, Constance in The Sorcerer and Josephine in HMS Pinafore for Opera Della Luna; Ortensia (cover) in Mirandolina by Martinu for Garsington Opera; Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Lisette (cover) in La Rondine, and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress by Stravinsky all for British Youth Opera; and Rezia in La Rencontre Imprévue by Gluck, Anne Who Steals in The King goes forth to France by Sallinen, Agafya in The Marriage by Martinu, all for GSMD Opera.

Rhona has enjoyed the privilege of studying and performing with distinguished artists which include: – Graham Johnson; Iain Burnside; Sir Thomas Allen; Eugene Asti; Yvonne Kenny; Catherine Bott; Malcolm Martineau; Philip Langridge; Ann Murray; François le Roux; Daniel Taylor and Sir Timothy West. She has performed in many of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including:  Wigmore Hall; St. Martin in the Fields; Cadogan Hall; Barbican Hall; and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. She performed in a Park Lane Group recital in the Purcell Room with Yshani Perinpanayagam. Rhona has also enjoyed performing regularly in concerts with Sholto Kynoch for the Oxford Lieder Festival and recorded Messiaen’s La Mort du Nombre with him and Kaoru Yamada for Stone Records. Broadcasts have included a programme for BBC Radio 4 with Robin Bowman and In Tune with Iain Burnside on BBC Radio 3.

Since winning a place as a prestigious Samling Artist in 2006, Rhona has excelled in the Maggie Teyte French Song competition winning the Miriam Lycette Scholarship, she was the winner of the Association of English Speakers and Singers Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition and won second prize in the London Handel Festival’s Handel Singing competition.