Zoe South started her musical life as a professional flautist, and as a singer, she was the first Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund scholar at The Opera School Wales, where roles included Jezibaba Rusalka and Giovanna Seymour Anna Bolena on national tour. Her professional opera debut was as Mrs Herring Albert Herring for Longborough Festival Opera/The Opera Project.
Since retraining as a dramatic soprano, roles have included Ortrud Lohengrin (for The Wagner Society/Meistersingers), Kundry Parsifal, Leonore Fidelio (a role she will repeat for Midsummer Opera in November 2012), Lady Macbeth Macbeth, Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos, and the title role in Puccini’s Turandot – she is one of a very small handful of sopranos worldwide to have performed all three endings.
Her large concert and oratorio repertoire includes Ravel Sheherezade, Strauss Vier letzte lieder, Mahler 4th Symphony, Stravinsky Les Noces, Prokofiev Aleksander Nevsky, Verdi Requiem, and Beethoven 9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis.
Recent engagements have included The Woman in the world stage premiere of Robert Hugill’s When a Man Knows in London, Woglinde in Fulham Opera’s innovative Das Rheingold, and cover Brünnhilde Götterdämmerung for The Wagner Society/Meistersingers.
Forthcoming engagements over the 2012/2013 period include Brünnhilde Der Ring des Nibelungen for Fulham Opera’s ongoing Ring project, and also in concert for Midsummer Opera, Tove Gurrelieder in 2013, and in January 2012, she will sing Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene at The Wagner Society AGM and Dinner, in the presence of Dame Gwyneth Jones.