MIRIAM ALLAN, soprano
Gramophone describes Miriam Allan’s singing as “enchanting” and “impressive” with audiences around the world engaged by her honesty and “depictions of sublime hope” in places of darkness and sorrow. She has given performances from Edinburgh to Auckland and many places in between – especially her native Australia and throughout Europe. She has been fortunate to work with many of the finest conductors, directors and accompanists including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie, Laurence Cummings, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Nicholas Collon and Roy Goodman.
Her engagements with the Monteverdi Choir, Les Violons du Roy, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Concerto Copenhagen, Auckland Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Kammerchor, Israel Camerata and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have seen her in concerts of Mozart, Monteverdi, Rameau, Bach, Handel and Haydn to mention but a few.
She has graced the opera stage in productions for the Opéra Comique, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Pinchgut Opera and for Les Arts Florissants featuring Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and an extraordinary production of Cavalli’s Giasone.
An international advocate for contemporary repertoire, Miriam has enjoyed working with Sinfonia Australis and more recently with the outstanding Aurora Orchestra in London.
A continuing long-term project, performing every madrigal Monteverdi wrote, with Les Arts Florissants under Paul Agnew’s direction, has evolved to a staged production of Orfeo, where she sang the roles Proserpina and Ninfa in February 2017. Miriam sang with the Academy of Ancient Music in a concert performance of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Venice and more recently with the extraordinary Scottish ensemble, Dunedin Consort for concerts of Bach and Handel.
In 2017, Miriam has concerts of Bach in Leipzig with John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi with Les Arts Florissants all over Europe, Australia and Canada and returns to Australia for concerts in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.
Miriam has appeared in Semele (2002), The Fairy Queen (2003), Dardanus (2005), as Costanza in Griselda (2011), as Isifile in Giasone in 2013, and will sing the role of Josabeth in Handel's Athalia in 2018 for Pinchgut.