Australian soprano Zoe Drummond recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with an Artist Masters in Performance with Distinction and a Concert Recital Diploma for exceptional performance.
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 the proud winner of Australia’s most prestigious awards, the 2018 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition Marianne Mathy Scholarship and the 2016 Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship. Zoe was also awarded the 2018 Australian Music Foundation Award, the 2019 JSRB Foundation Award from the Joan Sutherland/ Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Competition, and second prize in the 2016 Mietta Song 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.
Zoe made her 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. Most recently, Zoe performed the role of Clorinda in La Cenerentola with West Green House Opera. She looks forward to performing extensively with Scottish Opera in 2020.
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. After this season at the Sydney Opera House, Zoe reprised the role in the 2019 Melbourne season at the Arts Centre.
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 Adelaide in Dove’s The Enchanted Pig; 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, an International IELTS Teacher Training Certificate, Certificate II in Performing Arts (Dance) and Certificate III in Music Industry.