Born in Jersey, mezzo-soprano Georgia Mae Bishop is in her second year of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with Marcus van den Akker and is the recipient of an Opera Awards Bursary for 2017/18. Georgia initially studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she was awarded the John Hosier Music Trust Award. She is the winner of the Chartered Surveyors’ Competition, was awarded Second Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition and was a finalist in Fulham Opera’s Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize.
Operatic roles include the title role in Carmen, (Dartington Festival Orchestra), La Prieure in Dialogues des Carmélites, Vera Boronel in The Consul, Zenobia (cover) in Radamisto, Mother (cover) in Mavra and Laura/Nightshade in The Tale of Januarie all for Guildhall Opera, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, (Opera Lyrica), Cyrus in Belshazzar, (Trinity Laban Opera), Witch in Hansel und Gretel (Pimlott Foundation) and in a concert performance with the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra. Chorus in Don Carlos, La Boheme and Samson et Dalila, (Grange Park Opera) and Paul Bunyan, (British Youth Opera).
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 contralto soloist in a performance of Ustvolskaya Symphony no.4 with the LPO. Other concert performances include; Alto semi-chorus soloist in Elijah, (St John’s Smith Square), Berio Folk Songs, (South Bank Centre), Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Elgar’s Sea Pictures and The Apostles (Ely Cathedral).
Georgia has performed in public masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dennis O’Neil, Dame Felicity Palmer, Sarah Walker and alongside Ashley Beauchamp with Brigitte Fassbaender in the Wigmore Hall as a part of Wigmore Learning. Excerpts of which were later played on the BBC Radio 3 program Music Matters.
Georgia’s studies are generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Weavers, The Steel Charitable Trust and the Opera Awards Foundation. She is an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera for the 2018 season performing in the chorus and covering Mistress Quickly in Falstaff. Other upcoming performances include Zita in Gianni Schicchi (LSSO, Barbican Concert Hall) and Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with the Canterbury Symphony Orchestra.