Angela Hickey, Mezzo

Angela Hickey studied singing and violin at the Guildhall School of Music and joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera on graduation.  She has appeared as a principal soloist with The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne, Monte Carlo Opera, Dublin Grand Opera, Opera Northern Ireland, Opera Factory, Birmingham Opera, New Sussex Opera, Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa and Opéra Rouen and Caen.

Early major rôles were Musetta (La Bohème) for English National Opera, Nerone (Agrippina), The Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) for Scottish Opera, Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and Aricie (Hyppolyte et Aricie), which she also recorded for Oiseau Lyre.

Angela Hickey's rôles also include Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Flora (La Traviata), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Kabanicha (Katya Kabanova), Jocasta (Oedipus Rex), Marchioness (La Fille du Regiment), Carmen, La Princesse (Adriana Lecouvreur), Countess (Andrea Chenier), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Ragonde (Le Conte Ory), Fidalma (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Helene (War and Peace), Auntie and Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes), Mother Goose (The Rake's Progress), Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin) and Olga Olsen (Street Scene), which she also recorded with English National Opera for T.E.R. Records.

At Glyndebourne, Angela Hickey sang the rôles of Marcellina (Figaro), Mother Goose (opera 2) and The Mayor’s Wife in Jenufa.  In recent years, she performed Marcellina in three Opera North tours, Ericlea in Birmingham Opera’s Return Of Ulysses, Venus in Alexander Goehr’s Arianna, which was also recorded for NMC Records, Madame Larina  (Eugene Onegin) for Holland Park Opera, Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes) for Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Mrs Trapes (The Beggar's Opera) for Opéra Rouen et Caen and appeared as La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) at St John’s Smith Square.

Angela Hickey’s concert repertoire includes Verdi - Requiem, Elgar - Dream of Gerontius, Rossini - Petite Messe Solonelle and Stabat Mater, Brahms - Alto Rhapsody, Dvorak - Requiem, Beethoven - Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis, Mahler - Second Symphony, Berlioz - Les Nuits d'Été and Elgar’s Sea Pictures.  She has appeared as soloist in Brazil, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

In between engagements, much of Angela Hickey’s time now is taken up with teaching in London and Bristol. She has been teaching for more than fifteen years, passing on the knowledge gained not only from her own teachers and the conductors, directors and composers with whom she has worked, but also from her own performing experience.  She is regularly involved in auditioning, adjudicating and master classes and is an active member of the British Voice Association and the Association of Teachers of Singing.