Born in Jersey, dramatic mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop is a recent winner of the inaugural Mastersingers Wagner Competition, is an Opera Prelude Young Artist, and an emerging artist at Dolora Zajick’s ‘Institute of Young Dramatic Voices’.
In the 2021/22 season she sang Rossweisse Die Walküre and Flosshilde Götterdämmerung in concert performances with GAFA Arts Collective, covered Forester’s wife/Owl Cunning Little Vixen at ENO, sang Alto shepherd (cover Messenger) Orfeo at Garsington Opera and gave the premiere ‘opera in development’ performances of Estèr in TIDE at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Georgia initially studied at Trinity Laban and is graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. During her time at Guildhall she was awarded 2nd prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition and her roles included Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites and Vera Boronel in The Consul.
Highlights from previous seasons include Flosshilde in Birmingham Opera Company‘s production of RhineGold at Birmingham Symphony Hall, performances as an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera for the 2021 and 2018 seasons, covering Annina in Der Rosenkavalier and Mistress Quickly in Flastaff respectively. She was also a Young Artist at Opera Holland Park for the 2019 season, performing the role of Madame Arvidson in YA performances of un ballo in maschera.
Georgia made her Barbican Hall debut with the LSO as Alto Soloist in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, and her Royal Festival Hall debut as the soloist in a performance of Ustvolskaya Symphony no.4 with the LPO. Other concert highlights include; Alto Rhapsody Brahms, Sea Pictures Elgar (Canterbury Symphony Orchestra), Alto semi-chorus soloist Elijah, (St John’s Smith Square), Folk Songs Berio, (South Bank Centre), Messa da Requiem Verdi and The Apostles (Ely Cathedral).
During lockdown Georgia started learning the native Jersey language of Jèrriais and has since commissioned the first ever Art Song cycle composed using Jèrriais poetry and text. She will be giving the premiere performance of the cycle this coming season alongside a series of educational workshops in local primary schools in collaboration with ArtHouse Jersey.