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New Zealand: Wendy Dawn Thompson

Mezzo-soprano - born 1975

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and Song Prize competitor

Wendy Dawn Thompson was born in New Zealand. She completed her B.Mus (Hons) at Victoria University of Wellington. Prizes include the 1998 NZ Young Performer of the Year. In 2000 she was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with NBR New Zealand Opera.

Wendy studied at the RNCM from 2001, and in 2004 graduated from the Advanced Opera studies at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the RCM, London. In 2003 she won the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Overseas League Competitions.

Roles have included Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte for Garsington Opera (also her debut role with Opera Australia in Sydney in 2004), Der Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos (Aldeburgh Productions), Hermia A Midsummer Night's Dream (British Youth Opera), title role Agrippina, Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw, Florence Pike Albert Herring, Second Lady Die Zauberflöte (BBIOS).

In January 2005 she recorded Love of Three Oranges for Chandos Records, conducted by Richard Hickox. Future plans include The Death of Klinghoffer (NBR New Zealand Opera) and Minerva The Return of Ulysses (Birmingham Opera Company).

Wendy has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Purcell Room and the Belfast Festival.

Singer of the World with Orchestra Concert 4 repertoire

  • Handel: Rompo i lacci, Flavio, Re de' Longobardi
  • Mahler: Das irdische Leben, Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Mahler: Wer hat dies das Leidlein erdacht?, Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  • Barber: Must the winter come so soon?, Vanessa
  • Richard Strauss: Sein wir wieder gut, Ariadne auf Naxos

Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize Concert 3 repertoire

  • Schubert: Der Musensohn, Op 92 No 1
  • Gurney: Thou didst delight my eyes
  • Gurney: By a bierside
  • Duparc: Testament
  • Schumann: Meine Rose, Songs Op 90 No 2
  • Schumann: Frühlingsnacht, Liederkreis Op 39 No 12

Final repertoire

  • Mozart: Parto, parto, La clemenza di Tito
  • Berlioz: La spectre de la rose, Les Nuits d'èté
  • Richard Strauss: Sein wir wieder gut, Ariadne auf Naxos