Biographical Details

Tamsin Dalley was born in London where she studied on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Recent operatic roles include Mauxalinda – The Dragon of Wantley (John Lampe) with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin conducted by Gary Cooper, at the Potsdam Festival in Germany for Opera Restor’d, The Witch – Hansel and Gretel with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazelwood at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Chichester, The Mayor’s Wife – Jenufa at the Endellion Festival conducted by Richard Hickox, Kaeres in Harrison Birtwistle’s new opera The Minotaur for The Royal Opera.

Anna – Tobias and the Angel (Jonathan Dove) for New Sussex Opera, Prince Orlofsky – Die Fledermaus with Jose Carreras as guest artist in Switzerland for Diva Opera, Iolanthe – Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan) for The D’Oyly Carte, Carmen for Riverside Opera and European Chamber Opera, Mercedes – Carmen for Opera Ireland and die Vertraute – Elektra BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

For English Touring Opera, Tamsin has sung Third Lady – The Magic Flute, Flora – La Traviata, Rosette – Manon (Massenet) and Baba the Turk – The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky).

Tamsin has performed Third Lady – Die Zauberflöte for London City Opera in London and United States Tour, Holland Park Opera, Milan Opera Festival, Longborough Festival Opera and Garsington Opera (cover).

Other roles include The Old Prioress – Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc) at the Aldeburgh Festival, Madam Larina – Eugene Onegin for Opera by Definition, Grimgerde – Die Walküre (Wagner) at the Newbury and Covent Garden Festivals, Third Orphan – Der Rosenkavalier at the Spoleto Festival, Italy, Die Haushalterin (cover) – Die Schweigsame Frau (R Strauss) for Garsington Opera, Martha – Patience and Sarah for Opera Amazons, Suor Zelatrice – Suor Angelica (Puccini) and Hippolyta – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) for Broomhill Opera.

Tamsin has also sung Olga – Eugene Onegin, Nicklausse – The Tales of Hoffmann, Marcellina – Marriage of Figaro and Fiamina in the British Premiere of Massenet’s Griselidis.

Tamsin has wide experience in oratorio, most recently singing in Bach’s St John Passion at Westminster Abbey, Handel’s Messiah at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall, the Verdi Requiem and Carl Jenkin’s oratorio The Armed Man with Watford Choral Society, conducted by Terry Edwards.

Tamsin has devised recitals with poetry and English song on the life of William Wordsworth given at the poet’s house Rydal Mount in The Lake District.

Tamsin’s interest in contemporary music has taken her throughout Europe, performing works by composers such as Birtwistle, Gubailudina, Ligeti and Kantscheli. She has recorded two new works by American composers; ‘A Long Way’ a song cycle by Kevin Kasker and ‘Acts’ for mezzo and orchestra by Newton Strandberg, with the London Symphony Orchestra at EMI Studios, Abbey Road and sings Lucia on Roberto Alagna’s CD ‘Nessun Dorma’. Tamsin was also the voice behind the Fiat ‘Spirito di Punto’ advertising campaign.


Montage of Images of Tamsin in Performance