Zena O'May, soprano

“I had the pleasure to work with Zena in Italy. She possesses a dramatic mezzo soprano voice of rare quality and beauty.”

Robin Stapleton, Former Chorus Director Royal Opera House and guest Conductor BBC Concert Orchestra

 

O Don Fatale (Verdi) - Zena O'May
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Condotta Ella era in Ceppi (Verdi) - Zena O'May
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Zena O’May studied singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She has recently expanded her vocal range and now sings Soprano, as well as continuing to sing some Mezzo Soprano repertoire.

 

Zena has worked for various opera companies including English National Opera, Covent Garden Festival Opera, D’Oyle Carte Opera Company and Nottingham Festival Opera. She also enjoys a varied Oratorio and Concert repertoire.

Zena gained further notoriety by winning the Wagner Bayreuth Bursary competition.

 

She has been the Mezzo Soprano soloist for the Italian “Pereta” concert series, under the direction of renowned conductor Robin Stapleton. 

Currently Zena sings with Deborah Norman as part of Duetta, and is working with the North Wales Opera Studio, as well as performing solo engagements.

Operatic Repertoire:

Santauzza (Cavalleria Rusticana)

Dame Carruthurs (Yoeman of the Guard)

Katisha (Mikado) 

Fruma Sarah (Fiddler on the Roof)

Mrs Anderssen (A Little Night Music)

lady Sangazure (The Sorcerer)

Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus)

Dame Hannah (Ruddigore)

Buttercup (HMS Pinafore)

The Duchess (Gondoliers)

Schwertleite (Die Walkure)

Mistress Quickly (Falstaff)                             

Auntie (Peter Grimes)                        

Marcellina (Marriage of Figaro)

Waltraute (Die Walkure)

Amneris (Aida)              

Schwertleite (Die Walkure)                     

Mother Jeaunne (Dialogue of the Carmalites)              

Nurse (Boris Godunov)                                  

Jezibaba (Rusalka)                             

Principessa (Suor Angelica)

La Frugola (Il Tabarro)                       

Mary (The Flying Dutchman)                                                             

Lady Blanche (Princess Ida)

Lady Jane (Patience)

Ruth (Pirate of Penzance)

Fairy Queen (Iolanthe)

Louise (La Vie Parissiene)                             

Hebe (HMS Pinafore)                        

Carmen (Carmen)                       

3rd Lady (Magic Flute)                

Lola (Cavelleria Rusticana)

Oratorio:

B Minor Mass

Elijah

Jeptha

Messiah

Musics Jubilee

Petite Messe Solenelle

Samson

St John Passion

St Mathew Passion

Verdi Requiem

Appearances with North Wales Opera Studio:

December 2018, Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza), St Giles Church (Wrexham, UK)

Appearances with North Wales Opera Company:

September 2019, Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza), Stiwt Theatre (Rhosllannerchrugog, UK), St George's Concert Room (Liverpool, UK).

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