Charlotte Heslop is a soprano from Spennymoor in County Durham. She studies with Kathleen McKellar Ferguson at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is in her fourth year of undergraduate studies, supported by the Royal Conservatoire Trust. During her studies she has also spent a term at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold under the tuition of Caroline Thomas and Helen Mager-Osborne.
Charlotte represented RCS in the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers where she won the Audience Prize. Internally she has been awarded the Winnie Busfield Singing Award, a commendation in the 2015 Jean Highgate Scholarship for Singing competition, and the Euing award for History, Form and Analysis.
Before embarking on her studies at RCS she studied with Samling Artist Miranda Wright and was a Samling Academy Participant in 2012 and 2013. She has taken part in masterclasses with Patricia MacMahon, Paul Farrington, Caroline Dowdle, Alex Hassell, Anna Huntley, and Kevin Thraves, to name but a few.
Choral experience includes Les Sirenes female chamber choir at the RCS (winner of BBC choir of the year 2012) directed by Andrew Nunn, the Rodolfus Choir (Eton Choral Course Alumni) directed by Ralph Allwood, and several Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme projects under the baton of Paul McCreesh, including a performance of Elijah at the BBC Proms and an award winning recording of Britten's War Requiem.
Full opera roles to date include La Libellule (L'enfant et les sortilèges) and Florence Pike (Albert Herring) with Samling Academy Opera; Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas) with the Miranda Wright Singers; Mrs Noye (Noye's Fludde) with the Durham Singers; and Miss Baggott (The Little Sweep) with Durham Chorister School. Opera scenes include Musetta (Leoncavallo's La Boheme) and Cenerentola (La Cenerentola). Chorus includes Alcina (also covering Ruggiero), Die Fledermaus, and Le Nozze di Figaro.
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