2020/21 season

Like most performers, Joanna’s 2020/21 season was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, she sang Cherubino in an online production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and in a recording of Ravel’s  L’enfant et les sortilèges with VOPERA and the London Philharmonic Orchestra – a production which won both the Southbank Sky Arts Award 2021 and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2021. She also recorded the role of Diana in a new operatic adaptation of Michael Palin’s play The Weekend with music by Scott Stroman.

When in person events were permitted, she performed the title role in Holst’s Sāvitri in outdoor performances at Lauderdale House with Hampstead Garden Opera, and Innkeeper’s Wife in The Cunning Little Vixen as an Emerging Artist for Longborough Festival Opera.

She sang in a recital programme of Russian music by Arensky and Tchaikovsky as part of the Pushkin House Festival (online), a programme of Shakespeare operatic repertoire at the Proms at St Jude’s, in Nevill Holt Young Artist summer concerts and became a Young Artist for Opera Prelude.

13 & 20 August 2020
HOLST Sāvitri (Sāvitri)
Hampstead Garden Opera – Lauderdale House, London
Thomas Payne (conductor), Julia Mintzer (director)
Outdoor socially-distanced performances in the grounds of Lauderdale House

12 September 2020
Nevill Holt Young Artists: Summer Concerts
Nevill Holt Opera
Nicholas Chalmers (conductor)
Outdoor socially-distanced performance in the grounds of Nevill Holt Hall

17, 19 & 20 September 2020
STRADELLA La forza dell’amor paterno (Lucinda)
The Barber Opera – The Barber Institute, Birmingham
Andrew Kirkman (conductor), Christopher Cowell (director)
Postponed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic

13 October 2020
Masterclass with Della Jones
The Opera Makers – 1901 Arts Club, London (online)
with Panaretos Kyriatzidis (piano)

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 & 14 November 2020
MOZART, ROSSINI & DONIZETTI On Behalf of a Madman (The Aide)
Maltings Theatre – St Albans (3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 November)
Playground Theatre – London (11, 12, 13 & 14 November)
Thomas Payne (conductor), Julia Mintzer (director)
A new take on US politics inspired by Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”, featuring arias from Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti.
Performances from 5 November onward cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic

16 November 2020
RAVEL L’enfant et les sortilèges
VOPERA & London Philharmonic Orchestra
Lee Reynolds (conductor), Rachael Hewer (director)
Available online: on Youtube until 15 Dec, then on Marquee TV:

6 December 2020
Virtual Opera Gala
Random Opera – Recorded in lockdown
Erika Gundesen (piano), Stuart Skelton (compère)
Available online:

12 December 2020
HANDEL Messiah (Mezzo soloist)
Christchurch Priory
Simon Earl (conductor)
Socially distanced performance with eight singers and reduced orchestra

Dec 2020
Recording: SCOTT STROMAN The Weekend (Diana)
Highbury Opera Theatre – recording
Scott Stroman (composer & conductor), Tamsin Collison (librettist
New opera adaptation of a play by Michael Palin

17 December 2020
DEBUT Horizon Project – opera scenes livestream
DEBUT – Aldridge Theatre, Surrey
Thomas Payne (conductor), Eleanor Burke (director), Bobby Wiliams (sound & film)
Available online:

26 December 2020
MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)
Random Opera – Recorded in lockdown
Available online:

9 March 2021
ARENSKY & TCHAIKOVSKY: The Beauty of Arensky
Pushkin House – London (online festival)
Thomas Ang (piano), Alina Sorokina (piano), Holly Brown (soprano), Laura Peresivana (soprano), Joanna Harries (mezzo-soprano), Brenton Spiteri (tenor), Ariana Kashevi (cello)
Part of the Pushkin House Online Festival 2021 curated by Alexander Karpeyev.

30 March 2021
Recital with Ashley Beauchamp
Opera Live at Home – online
Joanna Harries (mezzo-soprano), Ashley Beauchamp (piano)

22 April 2021
DOHERTY Alone (one woman opera)
Green Opera – online
Part of Isolated Incidents, a series of new short operas created during lockdown.

5 May 2021
Rogue Opera Online: Serenades
Rogue Opera – online
with Thomas Kinch (tenor), Guy Murgatroyd (piano), Bronwen Stephens-Harding (director)

15 May 2021
RNCM Keep Music Playing Live with John Suchet
Royal Northern College of Music – Manchester (online event)
Joanna features alongside Alexandra Dariescu (piano), Craig Ogden (guitar) and other RNCM alumni in this event of performances and Q&A hosted by broadcaster & presenter John Suchet.

26 June 2021
Opera Prelude Young Artists Showcase
Opera Prelude – St. Mary’s, Henley-on-Thames
Joanna is an Opera Prelude Young Artist 2021-23

3 July 2021
Proms at St Judes: Lovers, Lords & Libertines – Shakespeare at the Opera
Proms at St Jude’s – London
Anna Cavliero (soprano), Jack Roberts (tenor) Peter Edge (baritone), Hannah Quinn (music director) with HGO

29, 31 July, 1 & 3 August 2021
JANÁČEK The Cunning Little Vixen (Innkeeper’s Wife)
Longborough Festival Opera
Justin Brown (conductor), Olivia Fuchs (director)

13 August 2021
Dartington International Summer School concert
Dartington Great Hall – Dartington, Devon
with Yiwei Ji (piano)


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