The Scottish mezzo-soprano Linda Ormiston graduated from Glasgow University and from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After further studies at the London Opera Centre, she joined Scottish Opera, where she performed in more than 25 productions.
Elsewhere, she has sung with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Northern Ireland and Glyndebourne Festival. Abroad, performances have taken her to opera houses and concerts halls all over Europe the USA and Japan. She has sung at many of the major music festivals, including Covent Garden, St. Magnus, Como, Buxton, Aix en Provence and on two occasions at the Salzburg Festival. Many of her opera performances have been televised.
Recent engagements include the roles of Uklízečka /Komorná in Janáček's Věc Makropulos at the Salzburger Festspiele, Prokoviev’s Betrothal in a Monastery at Opéra de Lyon, Britten’s Peter Grimes with Oper Frankfurt, Mayor’s Wife in Janáček's Jenůfa at L'Opéra de Lille, Britten’s Albert Herring with new Kent Opera and The Nose by Shostakovich at Opéra de Lausanne and at Angers Nantes Opéra. With Welsh National Opera she was Nutrice in the acclaimed production by David Alden of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, which was broadcast on BBC 2 in the UK and since then, she has returned to WNO for Filipievna in Eugene Onegin and Praskowia in The Merry Widow.
Alongside her work in opera, she has appeared in the BBC TV series Hamish MacBeth and is well known as a broadcaster with BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 3. With the baritone Donald Maxwell, Linda Ormiston formed Music Box over 20 years ago, and their witty look at the serious business of music has taken them all over the UK and Europe and to many eminent Festivals, including a record seven successive years in late night cabaret at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Linda Ormiston gives masterclasses for singers throughout the UK and in 1999 she received an honorary Doctorate of Music from St. Andrews University. In 2001, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Linda was awarded the O.B.E for her services to opera.
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