Biography

Lauded for her “strong presence both dramatically and musically” (The Arts Desk) and the “intriguing depth” (MusicOMH) of her portrayals, Beth Taylor is at the onset of a major international career.

In the 2020/21 season, Beth is set to make several important role and house debuts: Mistress Quickly in a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff at La Monnaie de Munt, La Cieca in La Gioconda, Schwertleite in Die Walküre and Marchesa Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dardano in Amadigi di Gaula and Falliero in Bianca e Falliero at the Oper Frankfurt. She will also make her debut as Argia in the Dutch premiere of Giacomelli’s Merope at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Recent engagements have led the young Scottish mezzo-soprano to the Nancy Opera House in her role debut as Bradamante in a new production of Alcina led by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in Mozart’s Krönungsmesse KV317 at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, to Aix-en-Provence, where she made her festival debut in a new production of Rihm’s Jakob Lenz, to the New Generation Festival in Florence, where she appeared as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, to the Opéra de Lyon as Melanto, Anfinomo and Fortuna in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, to the Longborough Festival as Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and to the Iford Arts Festival as Rosmira in Partenope.

She has performed many popular and lesser known oratorios and sacred cantatas with notable ensembles including the Dunedin Consort, the Sixteen, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Filarmorchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the Ricecar Ensemble and the Instruments of Time and Truth. Her popular recital engagements with such notable pianists as Julius Drake, Marcia Hadjimarkos and rising star Hamish Brown have taken her across Europe including France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Denmark.

Other operatic roles in her repertoire include Constanza (L’isola disabitata, Haydn), Ottone (Agrippina, Handel), Irene (Theodora, Handel), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare, Handel), Old Woman (The Day After, Dove) and Ramiro (La finta giardinera, Mozart).

Beth is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Open University. She is currently refining her technique under the tutelage of Jennifer Larmore and Iain Paton. Beth has participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Sarah Connolly, Susan Graham, Sir Thomas Allen, Sophie Daneman and Dame Emma Kirkby. She is also an enthusiastic community musician, collaborating with Paragon Music in Glasgow as a music practitioner from 2014 until 2018 and is a current member of the Live Music Now Scotland roster, along with her “New Horizons” duo partner, Michal Gajzler.

Beth is the 3rd prize winner of the 2019 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the 1st prize winner of the 2018 Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Awards.

Beth is represented by Fischer Artists International.