Serena Kay

Samling Artist Programme: 2002

Serena Kay has a wide and growing repertoire, ranging from Handel and Rossini Coloratura Operatic roles to concert performances of Mahler and Berlioz. She was born in London and after graduating as a Choral Scholar from London University with a Bachelor of Music (Hons), completed the Opera Course at the Royal College of Music (2000-2002) as the Veronica Mansfield Scholar.

RCM student roles include: Marianna (Il Signor Bruschino); Guido (Flavio); Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director John Copley) to critical acclaim, and Zita (Gianni Schicchi).

Serena went on to be awarded the prestigious Rosemary Bugden Junior Fellowship at the RCM. Her Opera North debut was as Second Lady in Tim Supple’s acclaimed production of Magic Flute, her ENO debut was as Nancy T’Ang in Nixon in China and her WNO debut was as Tisbe in La Cenerentola. Other roles include Hermia for English Touring Opera; Rosina (Barber of Seville) for Grange Park Opera’s Nevill Holt Young Artists and Pimlico Opera; Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) for Opera Theatre Company, Ireland; Sara (Tobias and the Angel) in a joint production by the Young Vic and ETO; five roles for Bampton Classical Opera, including Apollo (Apollo and Hyacinth), Rosina (La Vera Costanza) and Composer (The Jewel Box); Title role in La Cenerentola for both Mid Wales Opera and Garden Opera, including a tour of Kenya; Dorabella (Così fan Tutte) for Mananan Opera, Isle of Mann and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) in Holland.

Concert work includes: Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon in Portugal; Messiah (Handel) with Huddersfield Choral Society; Hansel in Hansel and Gretel excerpts with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Stravinsky and Respighi with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed Les Nuits d’Ete (Berlioz), Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler) ; Requiem (Durufle); Dream of Gerontius (Elgar); 2nd Symphony (Mahler); Serena was the guest soloist at the 2006 Welsh Remembrance Day concert in St David’s Hall and performed Rosina to Gerald Finley’s Figaro in extracts from the Barber of Seville.