Dame Felicity Palmer
Jury member for both main prize and song prize.
Dame Felicity Palmer has had a career spanning some four decades, firstly as a soprano and, since the 1980s, as a mezzo-soprano. She is one of the most versatile performing artists singing today and performs regularly at major opera houses including the Royal Opera House; the Metropolitan Opera, New York (including The Ring with James Levine); Rheingold and Die Walküre in Munich with Mehta, Dialogues des Carmelites at La Scala, Zurich and Toulouse, as well as work in Amsterdam, Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, Glyndebourne and at English National Opera.
Recital work formed a key part of her soprano years, when she worked extensively with Songmaker’s Almanac created by Graham Johnson and fellow pianists and accompanists Geoffrey Parsons, Malcolm Martineau and Julius Drake. With John Constable, she recorded three French song CDs and two of Victorian ballads. More recently, she has revisited the recital repertoire with Roger Vignoles and Simon Lepper and considers the art form to present the greatest challenge and reward.
Dame Felicity has also long distinguished herself in concert performances including with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Concentus Musicus Wien, Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has recorded Elektra with the WDR Orchestra/Bychkov and with the LSO/Gergiev. She has also recorded Dialogues des Carmelites with ENO and Paul Daniel.
Recent and future engagements include Elektra for Rome Opera, Peter Grimes at La Scala and Dialogues des Carmelites at the Met.