Born in Canada‚ Gillian Keith won the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award‚ made her Royal Opera House debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and has gone on to repeat the role with great success at Ópera de Oviedo and Welsh National Opera.
Recent appearances include Sandman Hansel and Gretel (ENO at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Miss Spink Coraline world premiere (ROH at the Barbican)‚ the title role in Gloria: a Pig Tale (Bregenz and Buxton Festivals and at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre with The Opera Group)‚ Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring (BBC Symphony at The Barbican)‚ Iphis Jephtha Sylvie in Gounod’s La Colombe and Tullia Ottone in villa (Buxton Festival)‚ a Ferrier Centenary Concert at the Wigmore Hall‚ The Fairy Queen (Gabrieli Consort), Bach Cantatas (Armonico Consort, Tel Aviv), Kurtag's Scenes from a Novel and Ligeti's Adventures & Nouvelles Adventures (Psappha), a Handel concert and CD recording at the Wigmore Hall with the Florilegium‚ My Dearest Hedgehog – a Strauss recital with Stephen Barlow at Middle Temple‚ Knussen’s Symphony No. 2 (BBC Proms‚ Royal Albert Hall)‚ Debussy and his Muse (Oxford Lieder Festival), Exsultate‚ jubilate and Bach’s Magnificat (Royal Northern Sinfonia)‚ Messiah in Calgary‚ Washington‚ and Marienberg with the Sixteen; the Angel in Handel’s La Resurrezione (Ars Lyrica Houston)‚ St Matthew Passion (Handel and Haydn Society‚ Boston)‚ Messiah and Silete Venti with the Sixteen in Hong Kong‚ New Zealand and the Sydney Opera House‚ Glorious Bach and Zelenka with Tafelmusik and Mozart’s Thamos‚ King of Egypt with the BBC Philharmonic.
Further operatic appearances include Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ROH and ENO)‚ Nannetta Falstaff and Pretty Polly in Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy‚ both for ENO‚ Philine in Thomas’s Mignon (Buxton Festival)‚ Pretty Polly (Geneva)‚ Lucinda in Conti’s Don Chisciotte (Netherlands Opera under Jacobs)‚ Tiny in Britten’s Paul Bunyan (Bregenz Festival)‚ Elmira Croesus (Opera North)‚ Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante (Opera Halle)‚ The Woodbird in Scottish Opera’s Siegfried and Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea (Basel and Boston).
Concert performances include La Resurrezione with the Wiener Akademie‚ Mozart’s C Minor Mass in Boston’s Symphony Hall‚ Viennese concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra‚ Mahler 8 with the RPO‚ Haydn’s Creation with CBSO‚ B Minor Mass at London’s Barbican Hall and Handel’s Messiah with The Toronto Symphony and in Washington‚ and Purcell’s The Indian Queen with The Sixteen at the Edinburgh International Festival‚ under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner‚ Daniele Gatti‚ Sir Richard Armstrong‚ Peter Schreier‚ Richard Hickox‚ Gianandrea Noseda‚ Harry Christophers and Sir Mark Elder.
Recordings include Handel’s Gloria with Gardiner for Philips and several Bach Cantatas as part of his Bach Pilgrimage on Soli Deo Gloria. She has recorded orchestral songs by Dallapiccola with Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic‚ and most recently the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Sir Richard Armstrong‚ both for Chandos. Her recital discs include Debussy: Early Songs for Deux-Elles and Schubert Lieder with fellow Canadian Gerald Finley on Marquis‚ as well as Gillian Keith: bei Strauss an all Strauss programme with pianist Simon Lepper.