Fiona Dobie    Voice and Presence

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Longer singing biog

Fiona Dobie was born in Glasgow and first studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and then at the Royal College of Music on a Sir James Caird Scholarship.


Her opera work began at Glyndebourne, singing Papagena with Glyndebourne on Tour. She has since performed around 30 roles with opera companies, including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera North, Kent Opera, Musica nel Chiostro and the Buxton, Brighton and Miami Festivals. Notable roles include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Blonda in Seraglio, Lucia in Rape of Lucretia, Second Niece in Peter Grimes, Rowan in Let's Make An Opera and, more recently, Marcellina in Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte and Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw.

She has made many television appearances and her recordings include Peep Bo in the Brent Walker video of The Mikado and Pepik in The Cunning Little Vixen with ROH conducted by Simon Rattle.


Oratorio and orchestral concerts include Chants d'Auvergne by Canteloube under Sir Simon Rattle, Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen with Sir Roger Norrington, Ilia in Idomeneo by Mozart with Richard Hickox, Faure's Requiem with Vernon Handley, Britten's Les Illuminations with Nicholas Kraemer, Bach's Magnificat with Roderick Brydon and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Handel's Utrecht Te Deum with Simon Preston and The Academy of Ancient Music, Bach's St John Passion with Christ Church Choir and Stephen Darlington, Handel's Messiah with OSJ and John Lubbock, Barber's Knoxville Summer of 1915 with the BBC Scottish SO, Gemma in Prokofiev's Madelena with the BBC Northern SO and Sir Edward Downes, and Mozart's Mass in C with Scottish Chamber Orchestra.


As a recitalist, she won early recognition as a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, also winning the Lieder prize at the RSAMD, the Henry Leslie Prize and Dame Clara Butt Award at the RCM and the French Song prize at s'Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition. She was also a South East Arts Young Musician and Greater London Arts Young Musician.

She broadcast on Dutch and Belgian radio stations and many times for the BBC, including recitals (to name but a few!),with David Owen Norris, Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson, Iain Ledingham, John Lenehan, Tim Roberts, Evelyn Nallen, Geoff Davidson, Bill Lloyd, Peter Evans, Christopher Purves and Andrew Marriner. She has also performed with Alisdair Hogarth,Susie Stranders,Alice Turner, Hester Dickinson, Nicholas Daniel, Julius Drake, Will Vann, Gilly McMullin, Mark Simpson, Maggie Cole, Michael Collins, Gordon Hunt, Jacob Herringman, Philip Thorby, Gregory Martin, Christopher Maltman and Malcolm Martineau.