Australian soprano Zoe Drummond is currently completing an Artist Masters in Opera Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, under the tutelage of Yvonne Kenny AM.
After attending the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Zoe completed a Bachelor of Music Performance with First Class Honours at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During this time she was awarded many prizes for musical and academic excellence, such as the Demant Dreikurs Scholarship and the Reuben Scarf Award.
Zoe then became a Melba Opera Trust Scholar for three years, as a proud recipient of the 2015 RJ Hamer Opera Scholarship, the 2016 and the 2017 Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship and Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award. As nominated by the Trust, Zoe was awarded the Sydney Opera House Opera Award.
Zoe is absolutely thrilled to be the winner of the 2018 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition, taking away the Marianne Mathy Scholarship. Limelight magazine described her performance as ‘technically refined…sung with commendable control and shimmering tone’. She also was awarded the Canberra Symphony Prize, and looks forward to this engagement.
Zoe was honoured to win the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship through the Opera Foundation for Young Australians in 2016. Her voice was said to be ‘warm and rich… with technical maturity’, that displayed an ’emotional connection to raise a tear in the eyes of the audience’. This scholarship granted her a study trip to New York, where she worked intensively with Metropolitan Opera music staff, and attended performances and rehearsals.
Additionally, Zoe received a 2018 Australian Music Foundation Award, second prize in the 2016 Mietta Song Competition, the 2016 Megan Evans OAM Encouragement Award from the Joan Sutherland/Richard Bonynge Foundation and the AOAC Judith Ward Lieder Prize at the semi-finals of the 2016 IFAC Australian Singing Competition.
Zoe would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the Apex Foundation Fine Arts Trust, Sydney Savage Club, PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation, Highlands Opera Lovers, Opera & Arts Support Group, and her Guildhall School sponsors: The Mercers’ Company and Edith May Cattell.
This year, Zoe made her professional UK debut as Papagena in The Magic Flute with English National Opera, and as an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera in their production of Don Giovanni.
Zoe made her Opera Australia debut in 2016, as principal roles in The Eighth Wonder- Clare Goldring, Architects Daughter and Socialite. The production received rave reviews, and she was said to have portrayed multiple characters with ‘impressive ease’. In 2017, Zoe starred as the lead role of Giroflé/Girofla in a fun new production with Opera Australia: Two Weddings, One Bride. Zoe looks forward to reprising this role in the 2019 Melbourne season.
Zoe also enjoyed performing in the chorus of Opera Australia’s 2017 summer season of La bohème, King Roger and Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci, and the 2017 winter season of Thaïs, Parsifal, Verdi Requiem and The Nixon Tapes.
At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Zoe performed the roles of Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and Susan in Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement to excellent reviews. She also performed excerpts from Werther (Sophie), Capriccio (Italian Singer), Idomeneo (Ilia), Fairy Queen (Woman 2), La bohème (Musetta) and Hamlet (Ophelié); and covered the role of Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites.
Other performing highlights include the Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Nightingale in Respighi’s Sleeping Beauty, Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore; Monica in Menotti’s The Medium; Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone; and as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vespers K339, Exsultate Jubilate; Haydn’s Theresa Mass; Schubert’s Magnificat; Mahler’s 4th Symphony; Handel’s Messiah; and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.
Zoe performed regularly with The Seven Sopranos- including fashion festivals for Audi in Singapore and Naersi in China; Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts; IGA Lord Mayors Christmas Carols Brisbane; and the original cast production of ‘Reverie’ directed by Stuart Maunder. Zoe features on their new album ‘Popcorn: Songs from Stage and Screen’, available on iTunes.
Zoe is also an experienced singing teacher, having worked for over 8 years privately and at schools. Other qualifications include a Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Certificate II in Performing Arts (Dance) and Certificate III in Music Industry.