Rowan Pierce

Soprano

Management

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Fiona Wells
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Groves Artists represents Rowan Pierce worldwide

Biography

Yorkshire born soprano Rowan Pierce was awarded the President’s Award by HRH Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music in 2017. She won both the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition, the Van Someren Godfery Prize at the RCM and the first Schubert Society Singer Prize in 2014. She has recently been made a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Rowan has appeared on the concert platform throughout Europe and in South America and performs regularly with ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Florilegium and Royal Northern Sinfonia. In 2017 Rowan made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the Orchestra of the Age of  and her Wigmore Hall debut with the London Handel Players.  Recent and future highlights include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Early Opera Company at the Concertgebouw, the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, BBC Scottish Symphony,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Polyphony,  La Nuova Musica,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and she returns to the BBC Proms in 2019 in a performance of Handel Jephtha with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Richard Egarr.

Operatic roles have included Drusilla in Monteverdi’s  L’incoronazione di Poppea, Galatea in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, Iris in Handel’s Semele, Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Miss Wordsworth, Emmie and Cis in Britten’s Albert Herring and Princess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges as well as, most recently Barbarina / Le nozze di Figaro for Nevill Holt Opera.  She was made a Harewood Artist at English National Opera in 2018 and roles this season include Tiny / Paul Bunyan as well as Papagena / The Magic Flute.  She makes her debut at the Buxton Festival in 2019 in a production of Caldara Lucio Papirio Dittatore with La Serenissima.

Festival performances include collaborations with Sir Thomas Allen and Christopher Glynn in the Ryedale Festival, Dame Ann Murray and Malcolm Martineau in the Oxford Lieder Festival and Roger Vignoles in Leeds Lieder. She will appear at the Chiltern Arts, Ryedale and St Endellion Festivals in 2018/19 season.

Recording plans include sessions with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Rowan was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Award and Midori Nishiura at the RCM.

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Credits
Mio Caro Bene/October 2017: courtesy of BBC Radio 3

Reviews

  • Purcell's Dido & Aeneas

    Rowan Pierce’s pure, fabulous voice illuminated ‘So when the glitt’ring Queen of Night’ like a shaft of silvery moonlight.

     

    It was wonderful to see Rowan Pierce as Belinda, her ‘Shake the cloud from off your brow’…fresh of rhythm and entirely within the part right from the start. Again, that purity of voice was married with an accuracy that is a constant source of delight.

    Colin Clarke Seen & Heard International
  • Britten's Paul Bunyan

    …Rowan Pierce as Tiny, Bunyan’s daughter — her aria was put over with glowing tone and an impeccable line..

    Brian David Opera Canada

News

  • Rowan Pierce becomes ENO’s new Harewood Artist
    14.02.18

    Rowan Pierce becomes ENO’s new Harewood Artist

  • Rowan Pierce awarded the Song Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition
    11.09.17

    Rowan Pierce awarded the Song Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition

  • Rowan Pierce in the first cohort of OAE Rising Stars
    10.07.17

    Rowan Pierce in the first cohort of OAE Rising Stars

  • Groves Artists at the 2017 Proms
    20.04.17

    Groves Artists at the 2017 Proms

  • Rowan Pierce received President’s Award from the RCM
    08.03.17

    Rowan Pierce received President’s Award from the RCM

  • Soprano Rowan Pierce to join Ingpen & Williams
    18.03.16

    Soprano Rowan Pierce to join Ingpen & Williams