'Utterly at ease with the part, having the weight and fluency of voice for the vocal settings and an easy manner for the dialogue...Hers is a voice I would want to hear again.' Musical Opinion
‘Tamsin Dalley, Prince Orlofsky, a statuesque figure so she was able to fill this manly role extremely well and she had a Russian accent that was absolutely bewitching. She seduced me on the spot with her vodka song’ Classic FM Radio
'A warm, rich alto' Birmingham Post
Tamsin Dalley was born in London and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama completing the AGSM, PDVT and Opera Course.
Opera and Theatre :
Mrs Noye ‘Noye’s Fludde’ by Benjamin Britten [Radio France live broadcast worldwide and inaugural concert of the new Radio France Concert Hall, Paris and St Quentin en Yvelines.]
Isis ‘Ludd and Isis’ by Richard Taylor [The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, premiere]
Keres ‘The Minotaur’ by Harrison Birtwistle [ROH Covent Garden, world premiere and revival ]
Thermodike ‘Antimidas’ by Evengalia Rigaki [Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, premiere] Josephine ‘The Miller’s wife’ by Mike Christie [Arcola Theatre, Grimeborn Festival, premiere]
Mezzo Nurse/Father/Felicia/Mrs Crackweasel/Mrs Puckle/Mr Judd
‘Doctor Quimpugh`s Compendium of Peculiar Afflictions’ by Martin Ward and Phil Porter [Edinburgh Festival 2012/Petersham Playhouse, premiere]
Commendatore/Petra ‘Don Giovanni’ by Mozart with additional material by Vince Clarke. [A reverse-gender cast interpretation of Mozart’s Opera with a translation by Ranjiit Bolt, performed at the London Nightclub Heaven].
Multiple roles in ‘EXPOSURE: New operas showcase’ [15 new operas currently in development by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden]
The White Queen ‘Dining with Alice’ by Frank Millward [Artichoke/Norfolk & Norwich Festival]
The Witch ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Humperdinck with the BBC Concert Orchestra [Queen Elizabeth Hall / Chichester Festival Theatre]
Die Vertraute ‘Elektra’ [BBC Prom, Albert Hall].
Mauxalinda ‘The Dragon of Wantley’ by John Lampe [Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin/Potsdam Festival, Germany]
Anna ‘Tobias and the Angel’ by Jonathan Dove [New Sussex Opera]
Prince Orlofsky ‘Die Fledermaus’ with Jose Carreras as guest artist [Switzerland/Diva Opera] Iolanthe ‘Iolanthe’ [D’Oyly Carte Opera Company]
Carmen [Riverside Opera, European Chamber Opera.]
Flora ‘La Traviata’ by Verdi [English Touring Opera]
Rosette ‘Manon’ by Massenet [English Touring Opera]
Baba the Turk ‘The Rake’s Progress’ by Stravinsky [English Touring Opera]
Third Lady ‘The Magic Flute’ [ETO/Holland Park Opera/Longborough Festival Opera/Milan Opera Festival and US Tour.]
Madama Larina in ‘Eugene Onegin’ [Opera by Definition]
The Mayor’s Wife ‘Jenufa’ [Endellion Festival]
Grimgerde ‘Die Walkure’ by Wagner [Newbury & Covent Garden Festivals]
Suor Zelatrice ‘Suor Angelica’ by Puccini [Broomhill Opera]
Hippolyta ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Britten [Broomhill Opera/Opera de Bauge, France]
Olga ‘Eugene Onegin’ [Opera by Definition],
Nicklausse ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’ [University of Kent]
Marcellina ‘Le Nozze di Figaro ‘ [Opera Theatre Kernow]
Fiamina in Massenet’s ‘Griselidis’ [British premiere]
Oratorio and Concert work includes:
Bernstein Musicals [Radio France live broadcast and concerts],
Bach’s St John Passion [Westminster Abbey, London]
Handel’s ‘Messiah’ [The De Montfort Hall, Liverpool],
Verdi’s Requiem [Lincoln Cathedral, Downside Abbey, St Mary’s Church Warwick, St Alban’s Cathedral]
Carl Jenkins’ ‘Stabat Mater’ conducted by Carl Jenkins.
Recording work includes:
Angel ‘The Passion of Mary’ by Howard Blake with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
‘Mass’ and ‘Vide Cor Meum’ by Patrick Cassidy with the London Symphony Orchestra
‘A Long Way’ a song cycle by Kevin Kasker with the London Symphony Orchestra
‘Acts’ for mezzo and orchestra by Newton Strandberg, with the London Symphony Orchestra [all recorded at EMI Studios, Abbey Rd. ]
Production and Directing
Tamsin’s interest in theatre and production has led her into directing, most recently assisting on semi-staged productions of Birwistle’s operas Gawain and Yan Tan Tetherer at The Barbican Centre, London. Part of the Barbican Centre’s official celebrations of Harrison Birwistle’s 80th Birthday.
‘Tamsin Dalley is a considerable, thoughtful presence from the shocked mother of a closeted affianced boy, to the socially marginalized bag lady...And bringing to the finale the gravitas that the conclusion must have to invest the rest of the piece with value’ Framescourer