Rowan Pierce

Samling Artist Programme 2016

Soprano Rowan Pierce is a Midori Nishiura Scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award at the Royal College of Music.

She was a Young Artist in the Ludlow English Song Weekend 2013, the winner of the Major van Someren-Godfrey Prize at the RCM and won the first Schubert Society Singer Prize at the London Song Festival in 2014. In 2015 she was an award winner in the Early Music Singing Competition in Poznan and will perform in the International Festival there this year.

Last year Rowan was a soloist in the London Handel Festival, the Brandenburg Choral Festival, Swaledale Festival and Ryedale Festival, where she performed J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata with Sir Thomas Allen. She also made her Wigmore Hall debut singing with Florilegium and James Gilchrist.

Rowan was a Britten Pears Young Artist 2014, playing the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi’s  L’incoronazione di Poppea. Her other operatic roles to date include Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Miss Wordsworth, Emmie and Cis Albert Herring, Princess L’enfant et les sortilèges and Second Woman Dido and Aeneas. Rowan is playing the role of Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Academy of Ancient Music in May 2016. She is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.

Rowan took part in Samling Academy in 2012 and was a principal cast member in both Samling Academy Opera productions to date, singing Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (2013) and La princesse in L’enfant et les sortilèges (2015).