Soprano Joanna Tomlinson sings a wide range of operatic, concert and choral repertoire.
Professional opera work includes Trincula in ‘The Tempest’ by Joe St. Johanser and
Siebel in ‘Faust’ for Guildford Opera, Echo in ‘Hansel und Gretel’, and chorus in
‘Roberto Devereux’, ‘Iolanta’ and ‘La Gioconda’ all for Opera Holland Park; ‘Fidelio’
for the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir at the BBC Proms, ‘Il Pirata’, ‘Parisina’ and ‘Ermione’
for Opera Rara; and ‘Platée’ for English Bach Festival in Athens.
Solo oratorio engagements include Magnus Lindberg’s ‘Graffiti’ at the Royal Festival
Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, recorded for Radio 3; Beethoven ‘Mass in C’
with the Whitehall Choir under Paul Spicer and Michael Stimpson’s ‘Songs of Innocence
and Experience’ with the Exmoor Singers at St Martin-in-the-Fields as well as most
of the great oratorio repertoire including Haydn ‘Creation’, Handel ‘Messiah’, Mozart
‘Mass in C Minor’ and ‘Requiem’ and Fauré ‘Requiem’. She has given recitals at venues
in London including St James’, Piccadilly; St Sepulchre-without-Newgate and St Magnus
Joanna read Music at the University of Bristol before gaining a distinction in the
post-graduate diploma in Singing at the Royal College of Music, where she studied
with Russell Smythe. She continues her studies with Phillip Guy-Bromley.
Joanna also works as a choral singer, and recent notable performances include Elijah
at the 2011 BBC Proms with the Gabrieli Consort, Beethoven Mass in C for the BBC
Singers under Richard Hickox, and concerts for Philharmonia Voices, conducted by
great maestros including Maazel, Pletnev and Muti.
Joanna is the Musical Director of City-of-London-based choir, Constanza Chorus and
their professional orchestra, Constanza Consort, as well as director of several chamber
choirs. She teaches singing at Bedales School and The Royal School, Haslemere, enjoys
cooking and fine wine.