Mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton specialises in new music. In 2019 Rosie was artist-in-residence at Snape Maltings and The Banff Centre, where she collaborated with composers on voice(less). Her work is funded by Arts Council England, Help Musicians, The Finzi Trust and The Marchus Trust. An experienced improviser and deviser, Rosie loves working collaboratively with composers on multi-disciplinary works.

Highlights of 2020//21 include Laura Bowler’s Gold with Riot Ensemble, a Somerset House Residency with Catherine Kontz on 12 Hours – an endurance piece for voice and electronics, performances of voice(less) with nonclassical and at the Tate Modern with Mira Calix, Jamie Hamilton’s Versionland with Phaedra Ensemble and being cast in the Royal Opera House’s production of Matt Rodgers She Described it to Death. 

Rosie is the 2020 recipient of the Michiko Hirayama scholarship for excellence in experimental vocal music. She will perform a programme of works by Giacinto Scelsi in Rome in 2022.

Rosie’s 20th and 21st century core repertoire includes Pierrot Lunaire (Southbank Centre – reviewed as ‘staggeringly good’ – New Statesman), Boulez Le marteau sans maître, Berio Sequenza III and Saariaho From the Grammar of Dreams. Rosie is an experienced performer of contemporary opera, with works including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre and Michael Betteridge’s #echochamber (in collaboration with Icelandic Opera, Reykjavik/UK Tour). She is a member of experimental music group p.e.r.s.o.n.a.l.c.l.u.t.t.e.r. 

In January 2022, Rosie will perform voice(less) in collaboration with violinist Angharad Davies at Iklecktik and new works by Jessie Marino, Helgi Ingvarsson and Jenny Hogan with p.e.r.s.o.n.a.l.c.l.u.t.t.e.r at Cafe Oto.

Later in 2022 Rosie will perform in Laura Bowler’s The Blue Woman at the Royal Opera House and Snape Maltings; with Mira Calix at Rewire Festival in the Hague and in the premiere of a new work by Phillip Cashian for voice and cello with Louise McMonagle. 

Rosie is collaborating with CHROMA ensemble and composers Diana Soh, Laura Bowler, Pamela Z and Shiori Usui on microstories (Spring 2022). 

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