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Recent and future engagements include Sieglinde Die Walküre with Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé (available on CD)‚ Leonore Fidelio and Mother Hänsel und Gretel (Royal Opera House) Caesonia Caligula and Katisha The Mikado (English National Opera)‚ Fricka Das Rheingold‚ Nettie Carousel (the Barbican‚ London)‚ Azucena Il Trovatore (Denmark)‚ Auntie Peter Grimes‚ Mother in Dove’s Swanhunter‚ Mrs Grose Turn of the Screw and Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream (all Opera North)‚ Norma (OHP and ETO)‚ Leonore (Opera Holland Park)‚ Myrtle Knight Crew (Glyndebourne)‚ Mrs Grose (Northern Ireland Opera)‚ Mother Hansel and Gretel and Mademoiselle Paturelle Vert Vert (Garsington)‚ the title role in Cherubini’s Medee (Cadogan Hall) and Irene in Donizetti’s Belisario (Queen Elizabeth Hall)‚ both with Chelsea Opera Group‚ and Estelle/Emerance in Messager’s Veronique (Buxton Festival).

Yvonne Howard performs regularly with all the major UK opera companies. She made her debut with the Royal Opera Covent Garden as Mercedes Carmen‚ and subsequent roles there have included Karolka Jenufa‚ Marcellina‚ 2nd & 3rd Lady Die Zauberflöte‚ Suzuki Madama Butterfly‚ Cornelia Giulio Cesare‚ Berta Il Barbière di Siviglia‚ Flower Maiden and the Heavenly Voice Parsifal‚ Ludmilla The Bartered Bride‚ and Second Norn “Der Ring des Nibelungen”. Further UK appearances include Verdi’s Lady Macbeth‚ Eboli Don Carlos‚ Tosca‚ Maddalena Rigoletto‚ Evadne Troilus and Cressida‚ Meg Page Falstaff‚ Auntie Peter Grimes‚ Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Gertrude Romeo and Juliet (Opera North) ‚ Amastris Xerxes‚ Meg Page‚ Berta‚ Third Lady‚ Second Norn‚ Madam Larina‚ Marcellina and The Innkeeper Boris Godunov (ENO).

Yvonne Howard studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. Early roles included the title role in La Cenerentola with English Touring Opera‚ Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro with both Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera‚ and Fricka and Waltraute in the highly acclaimed City of Birmingham Touring Opera Ring Saga. She has also appeared as Goffredo Rinaldo ( Grange Park Opera)‚ Amneris Aida ( Royal Albert Hall)‚ Laura La Gioconda and Sara Roberto Devereaux (Opera Holland Park)‚ Dejanira Hercules‚ Meg Page The Merry Wives of Windsor‚ Mab The Fair Maid of Perth and Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde (Buxton Festival)‚ Xerxes in Sao Paolo‚ Brazil‚ Die Walküre in (Paris and Nantes)‚ Falstaff and Suzuki Madama Butterfly in Tel Aviv‚ Eduige Rodelinda with Opera Theatre Company throughout Ireland‚ the UK and in New York‚ Azucena Il Trovatore in Ireland‚ Assunta The Saint of Bleecker Street at the Spoleto Festival‚ the title role in Telemaco with the English Bach Festival in London and Athens and Irene Theodora in Strasbourg.

Concert and recital work has taken Yvonne to Japan‚ France‚ Spain‚ Scandinavia‚ Switzerland‚ USA and‚ of course‚ throughout Great Britain. She has received great critical acclaim for‚ in particular‚ her interpretation of the Angel in Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius‚ Verdi’s Requiem and the song cycles of Mahler and Berlioz as well as for her performance as Marilyn Klinghoffer in the TV film of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer and in Roxanna Panufnik’s The Hare and the Tortoise with City of London Sinfonia.

Yvonne can be heard on CD singing Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé‚ the Sweet Swan of Avon (Meridian)‚ Messiah (Arte Nova Classics)‚ Walton’s Troilus & Cressida‚ Moussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Smetana’s The Bartered Bride (Chandos).

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