Australian soprano Joanna Norman recently graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Wilma MacDougall. While studying at the Royal Conservatoire, Joanna performed the roles of Despina, Così fan tutte, Poppea, Agrippina and Adele, Die Fledermaus. Other roles performed include Belinda, Dido and Aeneas, Eurydice, Orphée ed Eurydice, Bridesmaid, Le nozze di Figaro, Tytania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Euridice, Orfeo ed Euridice, and Adina, L’elisir d’amore. Joanna was winner of the Vocal Championship at the North Perth Music Festival, a finalist in the Fremantle Open Operatic Aria Competition and a Semi-Finalist in the Australian Singing Competition. Roles with Buxton Festival Opera include Euridice (cover) in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Lucia (cover), Lucia di Lammermoor, and Camille and Le Petite Chiffoniere in Charpentier’s Louise. Joanna has also appeared as the Cockerel, the Jay and Mrs Paskova, The Cunning Little Vixen with British Youth Opera and as Gretel, Hansel and Gretel at the St Magnus International Festival.
A keen concert singer, Joanna’s repertoire includes Schubert’s Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Faurè's Requiem, Karl Jenkins' Gloria, and Poulenc’s Gloria.
Joanna is very grateful for the support of the Countess of Munster Trust, the Tait Memorial Trust, Independent Opera, Lady Maria Fisher Scholarship, Prichard-Panizza Music Travel Scholarship, and the RCS Trust.
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