Young British/New-Zealand mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries is a versatile and dynamic performer of opera, oratorio, song and Lieder, and particularly in demand for her performances of baroque and contemporary music.

Graduating in 2018 from the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she is one of the six current Handel House Talent young artists selected by Laurence Cummings, a 2018 Britten-Pears Young Artist and the winner of the first Edith Brass Prize for Lieder at the RCS.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include soloist in Bach’s Easter Oratorio at the Bach Festival Świdnica in Poland and Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral, solo recitals at Handel House in London, Nun in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel with Scottish Opera, Prokofiev’s War and Peace with Welsh National Opera, and premieres of a new opera based on Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch and a new collaborative work with young refugees and asylum seekers with music by Laura Bowler at Opera Holland Park.

Joanna also performs the roles of Der Trommler in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Jenny Hildebrand in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.