Recently described by the Evening Standard as “singing like a dream”, Joanna Marie Skillett is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Worshipful Company of Musicians Concordia Foundation Founder’s Prize; a Park Lane Group Young Artist and an Ambassador Artist for the international Concordia Foundation.
In the 2015-2016 season, Joanna will make her Royal Opera House Debut as the Dormouse in Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the Linbury Theatre, following her successful Opera Holland Park Debut this Summer in the role. On the concert platform, Joanna recently made her Wigmore Hall Recital Debut and is looking forward to debuting at St John’s Smith Square in June 2016.
Recent operatic Highlights include Rose Maybud, Ruddigore (Charles Court Opera/Gilbert & Sullivan International Festival, Royal Hall, Harrogate); Dormouse, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Opera Holland Park); Patience, Patience (Charles Court Opera/Gilbert & Sullivan International Festival, Royal Hall, Harrogate); Buckaroo Dan, Billy The Kid (Charles Court Opera); Cinderella, Buttons: Another Cinderella Story (Charles Court Opera); Micaëla, Carmen (Grimsby Philharmonic); Yvette/Georgette, La Rondine (Go Opera/Peroni UK); First Lady, The Magic Flute (Regents Opera); La Contessa, Le nozze di Figaro (Amersham Music Festival); Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (OperaUpClose); Musetta, La bohème (London Festival Opera, in the presence of HRH Prince Edward); Frasquita, Carmen (London Festival Opera).
Her performance schedule includes Recitals at prestigious London venues such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, National Portrait Gallery, St James’s Piccadilly, St-Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal Albert Hall. She has also appeared as Soprano Soloist for The Royal Opera House’s Park Grand Opening and at the Lytham Proms with Lesley Garrett.
A former Essex Musician of the Year, Joanna is an active supporter of Music and the Arts within the Community and was awarded The RAM Open Academy Fellowship. Joanna is a Patron for Corbets Tey School for children with complex learning needs; Visiting Faculty Member of The Caux Artists Programme Switzerland and Director of JMS Music.
Joanna holds a Masters Distinction from The Royal Academy of Music, and will join The Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera School in Autumn 2015.