Annette Wardell (soprano)
Born in Yorkshire, and recently featured in British Vogue, Annette Wardell is one of operas rising stars. Studying piano from the age of four, she went on to study voice at The Royal College Of Music London, and the Royal Northern College Of Music Manchester. Operatic roles soon followed, as Duende in Simon Holt’s “The Nightingales To Blame” for Opera North; Cis/Emmie in Peter Halls acclaimed production of Britton’s “Albert Herring” for Glyndebourne Opera, also starring Alfie Boe; Cherubino in Mozart’s “Marriage Of Figaro” at Holland Park Opera, and her Barbican Hall debut as Zerlina in another Mozart opera “Don Giovanni”. A great favourite with Gilbert And Sullivan audiences, Annette has performed in many of these productions including Elsie in “Yoeman Of The Guard”, Casilda in “The Gondoliers” and Yum Yum in “The Mikado” at the Buxton Festival, and most recently Mabel in “Pirates Of Penzance” for Raymond Gubbay, where her Pirate King was none other than comedian Alistair McGowan!
On the concert platform Annette has performed as soloist with many of the country’s major orchestras, including BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Halle and Manchester Camerata amongst others.
She is currently on tour with The National Symphony Orchestra, and her most recent guests have included Alfie Boe and tenor Russell Watson.
Annette’s largest ever crowd was when she was honoured to perform at The FA Cup Final to a live audience of 78,000, 280 million worldwide!