BIOGRAPHY

New Zealand soprano Joanna Foote, described as having a “beautiful voice which reaches high notes effortlessly” and “sparkling-eyed charm”, holds a Master’s in Music from UCLA and a Bachelor of Music from The University of Auckland. 

Most recently Joanna toured the UK and France with Diva Opera singing Despina/Cosi Fan Tutte, and Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro in South Africa and France. She is currently rehearsing Britten's Death in Venice which has its première at Deutsche Oper in March, directed by Graham Vick.

 

Over the past few years Joanna has enjoyed touring Europe singing such roles as Marie/La fille du Regiment, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, and Rose Maurrant in The Opera Group’s award-winning production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene - appearing at the London Young Vic, Paris Châtelet and Barcelona Liçeu with BBC Concert Orchestra. In the UK highlights have been Adina/L’elisir d’amore for Haddo House Operatic Society, Nanetta/Falstaff for Opera Project, and Valencienne/The Merry Widow at St John's Smith Square. Joanna has been involved in a number of contemporary projects including the commissioned piece ANON for WNO Max, and a number of projects at London's Tête-a-Tête Festival.

 

As a student at UCLA Joanna sang the roles of Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro, Nannetta/Falstaff, Monica/The Medium, Belinda/Dido & Aeneas, Polly/Threepenny Opera, and Julie Jordon/Carousel with acclaimed directors Peter Kazaras and James Darrah. At the culmination of her formal studies Joanna joined the Seattle Young Artist Program as a guest singing Najade in https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/ The Seattle Young Artists production of Ariadne auf Naxos, appeared in an Offenbach review with Opéra Français de New York at the Slipper Room Burlesque Club, and was featured in the BBC Documentary What makes a great soprano? with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

 

Joanna earned a scholarship to attend the Chautauqua Institution Summer Academy for two consecutive years going on to the finals in the 2009 McDonald’s Aria Competition at the Sydney Opera House, and winning the 2009 Otago Daily Times Aria Competition in New Zealand. On full scholarship she attended the Solti/Te Kanawa Accadamia in Italy with tutors such as Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Moving to London she received a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Grant for continued private studies, as well as a Solti Foundation Grant. Joanna attended the 2013 Academy of French Song and Opera in Toulouse, was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award at Wigmore Hall, and is a Samling Scholar.

 

January 2017