Gillian Keith has emerged as one of Canada’s leading lyric sopranos. Her superb voice and musicianship are at home both on the opera stage and on the concert platform‚ making her one of the most stylish and versatile artists of her generation.
A past winner of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award‚ she made her Royal Opera‚ Covent Garden debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and has gone on to repeat the role with great success at Ópera de Oviedo and Welsh National Opera.
Appearances this season and beyond include Philine in Thomas’s Mignon and Iphis Jephtha (Buxton Festival)‚ Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English National Opera)‚ Exsultate‚ jubilate and Bach’s Magnificat with the Northern Sinfonia‚ Messiah in Calgary and Washington‚ the Angel in Handel’s La Resurrezione (Ars Lyrica Houston)‚ St Matthew Passion (Handel and Haydn Society‚ Boston)‚ Messiah and Silete Venti with the Sixteen in Hong Kong‚ New Zealand and the Sydney Opera House‚ Glorious Bach and Zelenka with Tafelmusik and Mozart’s Thamos‚ King of Egypt with the BBC Philharmonic.
Other operatic appearances include Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream‚ also at ROH‚ Nannetta Falstaff and Pretty Polly in Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy‚ both for ENO‚ and Pretty Polly in Geneva. She has sung Lucinda in Conti’s Don Chisciotte for Netherlands Opera under Rene Jacobs‚ Tiny in Britten’s Paul Bunyan for the Bregenz Festival‚ Elmira in Opera North’s Croesus‚ Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante in Halle‚ The Woodbird in Scottish Opera’s Siegfried and Poppea in Basel and in Boston.
Concert performances include La Resurrezione with the Wiener Akademie‚ Mozart’s C Minor Mass in Boston’s Symphony Hall‚ Viennese concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra‚ Mahler 8 with the RPO‚ Haydn’s Creation with CBSO‚ B Minor Mass at London’s Barbican Hall and Handel’s Messiah with The Toronto Symphony and in Washington‚ and Purcell’s The Indian Queen with The Sixteen at the Edinburgh International Festival‚ under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner‚ Daniele Gatti‚ Sir Richard Armstrong‚ Peter Schreier‚ Richard Hickox‚ Gianandrea Noseda‚ Harry Christophers and Sir Mark Elder.
Recordings include Handel’s Gloria with Gardiner for Philips and several Bach Cantatas as part of his Bach Pilgrimage on Soli Deo Gloria. She has recorded orchestral songs by Dallapiccola with Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic‚ and most recently the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Sir Richard Armstrong‚ both for Chandos. Her recital discs include Debussy: Early Songs for Deux-Elles and Schubert Lieder with fellow Canadian Gerald Finley on Marquis‚ as well as Gillian Keith - bei Strauss an all Strauss programme with pianist Simon Lepper.