Media Release: Soprano, Lisa Milne, to teach at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


THE Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is delighted to welcome soprano, Lisa Milne MBE, to its teaching staff.

An internationally-renowned recitalist and alumna of the RCS, Lisa Milne has performed in many of the world’s finest opera houses, opera companies and festivals including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, English National Opera and at the Saltzburg and Glydeborne Festivals.

She joins the RCS vocal teaching staff for the start of the next academic session.

On announcing this new appointment, principal of the RCS, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, said: “Lisa is one of the world’s leading opera singers with an enormously distinguished international career.

“She is an inspirational performer and teacher and her passion for her art will motivate the next generation of opera singers from the RCS.

“I am delighted she will be returning to her alma mater where students can learn from one of the finest singers in the world.

“This appointment further reinforces the international reputation for quality and creativity that is associated with the RCS Vocal and Opera Faculty and its team of world-class professors.”

Lisa Milne added:

“I am delighted to be joining the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Vocal Studies department. I’m looking forward to working in such a vibrant and world-leading musical environment.

“As an alumna od the RCS, I appreciate the training that goes on behind the scenes and I cannot wait to get started, working colleagues and students to ensure the continued visibility of the RCS’s reach nationally and internationally.”

Biography – Lisa Milne

The Scottish soprano Lisa Milne studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005. A renowned recitalist, she has appeared at the Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh and City of London festivals, the Oxford Lieder Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and at the Schumannfeste in Dusseldorf. She is regularly partnered by Malcolm Martineau with whom she has performed and recorded a variety of repertoire.

In opera, her appearances have included Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Pamina, Marzelline (Fidelio), Micäela (Carmen) and the title roles in Rodelinda and Theodora at the Glyndebourne Festival. Her many roles at the English National Opera have included Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), the title role in Alcina and Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress).

At the Welsh National Opera, she created the role of Sian in the world premiere of James MacMillan’s opera The Sacrifice and, for the Scottish Opera, she has sung the title role in Semele, Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna and Ilia (Idomeno).

She has also appeared with the Dallas Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Royal Danish Opera, at the Göttingen Handel Festival, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and on tour with the Salzburg Festival.

Equally in demand on the concert platform, highlights have included appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Levine, the Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with Gergiev, the Dresden Staatskapelle with Ticciati, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with Chung, the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Adès, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Jurowski, the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Fischer and the New York and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras with Harding.

For Hyperion Lisa Milne has recorded songs by Haydn, Ireland and traditional Scottish folksongs, as well as Vivaldi and Handel with The King’s Consort

Notes to Editors

Founded in 1847 and launched by Charles Dickens, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) is one of the UK’s most internationally distinguished conservatoires. It has a student population of 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

There is a large community of international students drawn from around 60 countries.

At RCS, there are around 500 public performances each year selling 59,000 tickets to audiences around the country.

RCS is the only conservatoire, outside of the Julliard, to offer degree level tuition across the five performance disciplines – drama, dance, production, music, screen. REF 2014 results revealed RCS research in music and drama had the strongest impact of any HEI research undertaken in Scotland.

The proportion of our research judged to be world leading or internationally excellent has risen by more than 50 per cent and within the conservatoire sector, RCS held its position since 2008 (ranked No.3 in the UK for research in music, No.4 for drama).

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