Pamela Hay

Polish-American soprano Pamela Hay was born in New York City and studied at the Royal College of Music and the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore.  She won scholarships to the Aspen Music Festival and the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg and was the recipient of Peabody's prestigious Charles M. Eaton Voice Award, the Kathleen and Wallace Hankins Award in Voice and the Azalia Thomas Prize. Master classes include Barbara Bonney, Philip Langridge and Malcolm Martineau. 

Pamela has given solo recitals at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Kennedy Center Washington DC and in Moscow, St Petersburg, Salzburg, Belgium and Costa Rica. She is the associate soprano with the new orchestra Sound Collective. Other solo concert work includes singing regularly as soloist with the Brighton Philharmonic and Guildford Philharmonic and in venues across the UK including Symphony Hall Birmingham, St Johns Smith Square and St Albans Cathedral. She has also appeared live on the Voice of America radio network and BBC Radio 3's In Tune.  

Opera roles performed include Ellen Lakmé (Opera Holland Park), Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (British Youth Opera, supported by HSBC Scholarship), Lucretia Dumbfounded (Tête à Tête Opera Festival), Bubikopf Kaiser of Atlantis (Wigmore Hall Education), title role Merry Widow (Opera UK), Yum-Yum The Mikado (Buxton Opera House), Rosmene Imeneo (Cambridge Handel Opera Group), Bacchis La Belle Hélène (Iford Opera Festival), Caroline The Holy Drinker (ROH2's OperaGenesis workshops), Elle La Voix humaine, Amy Little Woman (Theatre Royal Drury Lane with the BBC Concert Orchestra). She has also performed roles written for her voice at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre including Psyche in The Golden Ass, 2002 and Mna Siubhail in King Lear, 2008.  

Pamela has been invited to appear as guest soloist on BBC Radio 2's "Friday Night is Music Night," the world's longest-running live music programme, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra. She will sing opera and operetta favourites, to be broadcast in November 2010. Pamela has been invited to play the role of Sharon Graham in the forthcoming UK tour of Terrence McNally's Tony-award winning play Master Class, about the master classes that legendary opera soprano Maria Callas gave at the Julliard School. Produced by the Theatre Royal Bath, the production will be directed by Jonathan Church and feature Stephanie Beacham as Maria Callas.

Pamela Hay

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  • “Pamela Hay cut a glamorous figure as the blonde dollybird - any resemblance of her dark-haired, havoc-wreaking Sofronia to Angela Gheorghiu was surely coincidental - and disclosed a fine lyric voice;...”
    John Allison, Opera Magazine (Don Pasquale)
  • “As well as the required upper range, Pamela Hay had the vocal presence to project Rimbaud’s flights of fancy so that the audience ‘feels’ their potency without necessarily comprehending... the...”
    Richard Whitehouse, The Classical (Les Illuminations)
  • “Disclosed a fine lyric voice; her phrasing was beautifully coloured, her coloratura secure.”
    Opera Magazine
  • “The supporting cast, most especially Pamela Hay’s touchingly earnest Ellen, outshine [the two leads]”
    Independent on Sunday

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