B i o g r a p h y
Mezzo-soprano Belinda Williams made her German debut as 'Dorabella' at the Staatstheater Kassel in 2012, after which she was awarded the Nachwuchsförderpreis for best young talent and was invited to join the ensemble. In Kassel, Belinda sang roles including ‘Dorabella’, ‘Argene’ (L’Olimpiade Vivaldi), ‘Hänsel’, ‘Orlofsky’, ‘Maddalena’ (Rigoletto), 'Baba the Turk' (The Rake's Progress) and 'Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein'.
Recently, she appeared as 'Gertrud' in Hänsel und Gretel in Wuppertal, conducted by musical director Julia Jones and directed by Denis Krief, and the following season returned to as ‘Theseus’s Mother’ in Jonathan Dove’s Das Labyrinth. She is currently appearing as 'Paquette' in Philipp Rosendahl's hit production of Candide at Staatstheater Kassel.
Belinda was born in London and graduated with distinction in 2012 from the Royal Academy of Music Opera Course, where she studied with Ryland Davies, supported by RAM and Countess of Munster Trust awards. Belinda has also trained with English National Opera, at Trinity College of Music, and privately with Yvonne Minton, and is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Samling Scholar, a Tillett Trust Young Artist, a Park Lane Group Young Artist, and a Countess of Munster Trust Recitalist. In 2014, Belinda was chosen to be a scholar and recitalist at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth.
Belinda has worked with many exciting opera companies, both at home and abroad. At Sadler's Wells, Belinda gave her debut Carmen, directed by James Hurley and conducted by John Andrews. At Grange Park Belinda sang 'Princess Linette' in Prokofiev's The Love for 3 Oranges (dir. David Fielding, cond. Leo Hussain), and ‘2nd Nymph’ in Rusalka (dir. Antony McDonald, cond. Stephen Barlow). At Buxton Opera Belinda covered ‘Storge’ in Jephtha (Handel) under the baton of Harry Christophers, directed by Frederic Wake-Walker. Other roles include: ‘Tisbe’ and cover 'Angelina' in La Cenerentola (dir. Andy Staples, cond. Simon Over, Bury Court); Inferno for Mahogany Opera & the Aurora Orchestra (dir. Frederic Wake-Walker, cond. Nicholas Collon, LSO St. Luke’s); ‘The Sorceress’ Dido and Aeneas, (cond. Simon Over, Southbank Sinfonia); ‘Baba the Turk’ The Rake’s Progress (dir. Mike Ashman, Blackheath Halls); ‘Popova’ The Bear & ‘Cherubino’ Le nozze di Figaro (Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Aldeburgh); ‘Orlofsky’ Die Flerdermaus, ‘Dorabella’ Così fan tutte and ‘L’Enfant’ L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (cond. Ben Palmer, Orchestra of St Paul’s Covent Garden).
An award-winning recitalist, Belinda has performed at notable venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hollywell Music Rooms, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Cheltenham Pump Rooms, Cheltenham Town Hall, and Handel House, and works regularly with Prof. David Owen Norris. Belinda had her Wigmore Hall debut recital in 2010 after winning the Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Competition. At her Purcell Room debut recital, Belinda premiered new works by Thea Musgrave and Janice Hamer for the Park Lane Group, about which Neil Fisher of The Times declared: “Williams played a blinder … her presence was undeniable, and her big, rich tone practically Ferrier-esque, from its powerful top to its smoky bottom”. She has sung extensively as an oratorio soloist, notably in the Bach St John Passion, conducted by Richard Egarr
Belinda is a passionate exponent of new music, having premiered many new works. In 2011 Belinda premiered the role of 'Li' in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ new opera Kommilitonen!, directed by David Pountney (RAO). In 2008, she made her BBC Radio 4 debut singing ‘Mary, Mother of God’ on Good Friday in Sasha Johnson Manning’s Daughters of Jerusalem with words by Carol-Ann Duffy. In 2010, Belinda made her Italian debut with Philadelphia-based International Opera Theater singing the title role in Efraín Amaya’s new opera La Bisbetica (dir. Karen Saillant, cond. Maestro Gianmaria Griglio) at the Bergamo Festival. Belinda performed the Estonian premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (cond. Olari Elts, Tallinn National Concert Hall). New operas include: Box Story by Jocelyn Pook with celebrated performance artist Bobby Baker (Warwick Arts Centre), 'the Evil Queen' in the German premiere of Wolfgang Mitterer's Schneewittchen (Snow White), and ‘Lovely Lady’ in Purcell: His Ground by David Knotts (Royal Opera House).