2018 International Opera Awards
14 April 2018
What an amazing night at the 2018 International Opera Awards this year! So many friends and colleagues nominated and all of us together celebrating this wonderful art form. As a bursary winner from 2013 it was a pleasure to take the stage in the opening and closing numbers and sing in the beautiful London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera. It was also a surprise and a pleasure to jump into the solo in the last piece, "Make Our Garden Grown" from Candide, alongside the wonderful Toby Spence, after finding out in the interval that the guest soprano had taken ill. Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to Mazars and all the sponsors and supporters of this important awards event. Let's continue to bring increadible music and quality performances to the world!
12 months in Costumes
08 November 2016
The last 12 months I have had so much fun wearing such as variety of costumes! From New York to Spain, to London to Norway... here are a few of the things I've been wearing!...
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Figaro, Figaro, Figaro in Norway
22 September 2016
This year has included two of my favourite soprano roles. Earlier this year I sang Rusalka in Spain, and now I am mid-way through my first Countess in "Le Nozze di Figaro" by Mozart. We are working in Kristiansand, Norway, where the weather is always sunny and the lake-swimming is devine. But what a theatre is the Kilden Theatre! A wonderful production team, cast, orchestra and crew, and the ever impressive Pop-up Opera who have created an increadible full-scale, fully rotating, and gloriously costumed Figaro. I am so glad to have been invited to sing this beautiful role. I hope I can re-visit this role many, many times in the future as it's dramatically so interesting to play and the music is glorious to sing with an orchestra. Happily, it's a lot easier to sing with an orchestra than in my own little practice room. Ah Mozart ... you're a little bit amazing! xx
The Secrets of Sopranos
19 June 2016
For those who keep asking when I'm next performing in London... look no further! Come and see one of 2x concert recitals of soprano repertoire from the sublime to the ridiculous!
''The Secrets of Sopranos' - Sky Ingram & Samantha Crawford
Pianist - Marek Ruszczynski
What secrets do Sopranos really have? Sky and Samantha perform two concerts full of rich, beautiful classical music with a twist of comedy. From Mozart, Gounod and Schubert to Gershwin and Flanders & Swan! Anything goes with these two English-Australian Sops!
Rusalka in Spain
22 March 2016
Singing the title role in Rusalka this year was a dream come true - both in it's vocal and dramatic challenges. I had the privillege of working with a fabulous cast from all over the world in the lovely city of Valladolid in Spain. Rusalka is my first role in Czech so far - such a wonderful language for singing! It was a long road of study but it certainly paid off. A big thank you to Opera Director, Francisco Lara, for taking a chance on me for my debut in the role and for my debut in Spain. I had so much fun singing this role with the orchestra - I can't wait to get the chance to sing it again! Staying in Valladolid was also quite a treat. Such a beautiful city. And the food ... yum!
New Roles for 2016
28 December 2015
I am very excited to be starting 2016 as the title role in Rusalka in Valladolid, Spain. Such a beautiful role that I have always wanted to sing! I have spent most of December memorising my Czech and apparently occasionally speak a little in my sleep - a soprano never stops!
After this I head back to New York to sing the beautiful Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City for the 9th Annual Outreach Benefit Concert.
My next role is one of my other favourite and dream roles, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro. I am preparing...read more
it for a recording in the latter part of the year. I can't wait to finally learn this complete role, recit et al!
Nearing the end of the year I am very excited to be making my solo debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields with superstar pianist John Paul Ekins in a recital of Engish and American Song.
And to finish the year I get to run around as the fabulously ditzy Clorinda (one of the ugly sisters) in Cenerentola (Cinderella) and re-visit my friends up at Opera North in Leeds.
Well... here we go 2016. Happy New Year Everyone! :-)
Orpheus at Shakespeare's Globe
28 December 2015
Singing in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe this year as Venus in Orpheus for the Royal Opera House was such a treat! It was a stellar cast with fabulous costumes and hilarious on-stage action directed by the amazing Keith Warner. And being able to sing the clever yet stunning music with Christian Curnyn in this special acoustic was something to remember, always! It all went too fast and I miss them all but at least I have a lot of...read more
wonderful memories from this beautiful and unique production! I was particularly impressed with my costumes by Nicky Shaw! Lets hope it's brought back to the Globe again...!!
See photos, reviews and cast lists on the Royal Opera House Website.
Behind the Wrecking Scenes...
18 July 2015
Take a look behind the scenes as we rehearse for Ethel Smyth's "The Wreckers" here at the Bard SummerScape. After the Orchestral rehearsal today, I know it's going to be a fantastic opera! One more week till my American debut. Here's a video, I hope you can come along...
Rehearsals have begun!
04 July 2015
What a fabulous contract - to be staying in the beautiful Bard College preparing for the Bard SummerScape Festival's opera this year, The Wreckers by Ethel Smyth. Such increadible aritsts to work with and learn from! It's very exciting to be part of a fully staged version of this opera, written by such a special and important woman. Here's a little info on what to expect...
New York Wrecking!
29 March 2015
Making my American debut this summer with be all the more fun with director, Thaddeus Strassberger - we worked togehther last year on Glare at the Royal Opera House and had a wonderful time creating the world premiere together. I am very much looking forward to the lucious, rich music of Ethel Smyth's The Wreckers in New York at the Bard SummerScape festival. Look out boys, "Fleeting is a maiden's favour!"....
La bohème - trailer
29 March 2015
Take a sneak peak at the YouTube trailer of the English Touring Opera's La Bohème that is currently touring the UK. We've all had a great time touring together so far! There are a total of 5 operas on the tour. We all love 5 star quote from the Independent... "With touring opera of this calibre, who needs London?".
26 September 2014
2015 marks my debut with the English Touring Opera in La Bohème as the feisty, fiery Musetta. Very excited to play opposite two of my fellow countrymen and among a cast of fabulous singers! Performances in London then touring all around the UK. I can't quite believe how much of the UK we cover! You never know... we may be in a town near you. And you know what they say... "Quando m'en vo soletta per la via, la gente sosta e mira"!...
Royal Opera House - Glare
04 May 2014
I am very excited to announce my first contract with the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) later this year as Lea in the world premiere of "Glare" by German/Danish composer Søren Nils Eichberg and librettist Hannah Dübgen.read more
Søren Nils Eichberg, winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition and Danish National Symphony Orchestra's first composer in residence, has won widespread acclaim for his orchestral and chamber music. These include his award-winning Qilaatersorneq (2001) and the symphonies 'Stürtzen wir uns ins Feuer' (2005) and 'Before Heaven, Before Earth' (2010). All his music is characterized by a powerful rhythmic drive and rich orchestral colour. Glare is Eichberg's much-anticipated Royal Opera debut.
German poet Hannah Dügben provides an original libretto that explores a tense web of human relationships. Thaddeus Strassberger, director of The Royal Opera's production of I due Foscari, joins a creative team of his regular collaborators, designer Madeleine Boyd and lighting designer Matt Haskins (whose joint credits include Opera North's Don Giovanni).
17 April 2014
Hi there all you Twitter fans, I have just joined your world! For gossip and behind the scenes drama, please follow me on Twitter under the name Sky Ingram - Soprano @Sky_Ingram
Musetta, La Bohème, Opera North
17 April 2014
Rehearsals at Opera North have been great fun so far with director Michael Barker-Caven and conductors Andreas Delfs and Ilyich Rivas. Here is a fun write up half way through rehearsals of "Sky Ingram vs Musetta"! http://www.operanorth.co.uk/blogs/sky-ingram-vs-musetta
Opera Awards Bursary
15 October 2013
I am very pleased to announce that I am a bursary winner for the Opera Awards Foundation 2013. I feel very honoured to have been selected amongst other such talented musicians and companies. A very big thank you to the Opera Awards Foundation, their supporters, and to my referees who were so very encouraging and supportive of me and of my proposed project.
Behind the scenes of A Midsummer Night's Dream
07 September 2013
Visit the Opera North Blog to read what's been happening with Sky Ingram behind the scenes of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Rupert Christiansen on Sky Ingram - The Telegraph
28 August 2013
A recent interview with Rupert Christiansen for The Telegraph over coffee near the English National Opera in London.
Read the full article on the Telegraph website.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
10 August 2013
The summer sun in London has been very welcome as I prepare for my next contract as Helena in Opera North's A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten. I am looking forward to working with Martin Duncan and Stuart Stratford on this fantastic music and getting to know the cast. I am particularly looking forward to the crazy argument scene between the Lovers - "You Puppet, you!"
This is a picture of me singing that very scene in a production of the opera at WAAPA in 2007.
Please come and see this award-winning revival at Opera North in Leeds UK, then touring to Lowry, Newcastle & Nottingham.
National Opera Studio
20 June 2013
It has been a very busy few months this year at the National Opera Studio in London! A residency to Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera, several recitals including one of Schubert and Rachmaninoff with Ian Burnside, and now preparing for the Contemporary Scenes, opening this week. It has been such a pleasure working with Keith Warner and Nicholas Cleobury on these amazing scenes! It has also been a incredible experience working with the librettists and composers of some of the music we are singing! These include Jonathan Dove, David Blake and Keith Warner. We are also drawing close to our final Core Role Presentations - an audition style performance of two roles that we have been working on throughout the year in amongst the other projects. SO much to do!! - Well, at least it's fun!
2012 Harold Rosenthal Prize, GSMD
05 October 2012
This year the Guildhall School of Music and Drama have awarded me with the 2012 Harold Rosenthal Prize. I feel extremely proud and honoured to have been selected for this award. Howard Rosenthal was, with Lord Harewood, the founder of Opera Magazine and he was both the editor and a distinguished reviewer of opera for many years. The prize is intended to help a young singer as he or she makes the next step into the profession. I would very much like to thank Phyllis Rosenthal and the Guildhall School for this award and it's support and encouragement towards my career.
Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust
01 September 2012
I am very proud to announce that this year I have been awarded a 2012 Bursary from the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust. This is a vital last year of study for me at the National Opera Studio in London so I am very honoured to have their support during this year. For more information on this organisation please visit the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust website.
National Opera Studio, London
21 June 2012
I am very happy to announce that I have been accepted into the National Opera Studio 2012 - 2013. Since I moved to the UK, it has been a goal of mine to attend the National Opera Studio, so I am very excited to have been offered a place!
The National Opera Studio was established by the Arts Council as a link between the music colleges and the six main UK opera companies. The Studio works closely with these companies, who help select the 12 singers and 4 repetiteurs whom they believe have real prospects of becoming principal artists.
Sky Ingram at Buckingham Palace
22 October 2011
I was very fortunate to be one of the few Australians to be invited by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to a reception given at Buckingham Palace on 13th October 2011. The reception was to proceed Her Majesty's Royal visit to the Commonwealth of Australia, where she met Australians living or working in the UK and for those with significant associations with the country.read more
It was a very rare occasion that one is invited to THE palace, but also to meet so many interesting people from such a vast variety of fields. The two ballrooms in the palace were filled with various writers, government officials, actors, military personnel, directors, musicians, professors, businessmen, CEOs, etc. There was a wonderful atmosphere at the function where the warm, friendly buzz of fellow Australians filled the elegant rooms of the palace, feasting on different wines, juices, canapés and, of course, we cannot forget the mini lamingtons!
Among the 350 at the reception, I felt especially honoured to meet The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Earl of Wessex, The Duchess of Gloucester, Hugh Jackman, Elle McPherson, Tom Hooper and Yvonne Kenny.
It was an experience I shall never forget; walking through the front gates of Buckingham Palace and into the Royal Ballroom, representing my country. It was a very proud moment and an amazing evening!