BETH MACKAY - mezzo soprano
Beth Mackay graduated with a Masters of Opera (distinction) from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011. Beth has won the Annie Ridyard Award (Royal Northern College of Music) and been a finalist in the Frederic Cox Award (RNCM), and the Italian Aria Competition (RCS). She has attained second place in both the Governor’s Prize for Recital Singing (RCS) and the Frank Spedding Lieder Prize (RCS). Beth’s postgraduate studies were supported by The Robertson Scholarship Trust, The Dewar Arts Awards and the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust. Beth sings with the Scotland based group 4uartet Vocal Ensemble, all graduates from the RCS Opera School.
Beth is enjoying a diverse career as a concert and oratorio soloist in works from Purcell to Tippett, with choral societies all over the UK. She made her BBC Proms debut in summer 2010 as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
Beth’s opera roles include Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel , Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nancy in Albert Herring, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Larina in Eugene Onegin, Lady Macbeth in The Okavango Macbeth – (“Beth Mackay’s slight frame belies a gorgeous voice” – The Stage, 2011), and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor - ("If I were a talent scout I would keep my eye on Beth Mackay who sang Lucia’s companion” – Michael Kennedy, Opera Magazine, 2011).