Pia Harris

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‘Everyone in Magda's circle is dreaming of something, and the characterisation of supporting ensemble (Pia Harris...) is a delight.'

The Times London ★★★★ Opera Holland Park La Rondine 2017 

Pia Harris, as gender-bending hench-woman Spoletta, and also the one true innocent, Lucia, was an ace in storytelling. Her take on the song of sighs, Io de’ sospiri, was a cry for the soul of humanity.’

The West Australian ★★★★.5 Freeze Frame Opera Tosca 2019

‘While the famous Abendsegen (Evening Prayer) was a high point, their cuckoo duet was just as enchanting. Harris’ clear-toned aria in the second act, against flute and pizzicato strings, was another highlight.’

Limelight Magazine ★★★.5 West Australian Opera, Perth Festival, Opera in the Park 2020

Pia Harris is an Australian / Italian Soprano with dual citizenship. In 2020 Pia made her lead role debut as ‘Gretel’ in Hansel and Gretel for West Australian Opera and Perth Festival’s Opera in the Park backed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and supported by LotteryWest. This year Pia was returning to Opera Holland Park London, performing ‘Jou-Jou’ in their production of The Merry Widow and to sing ‘Susanna’ in New York Lyric’s Le Nozze di Figaro. However due to Covid-19 these productions have been postponed.

In 2019 Pia performed ‘Kate Kelly’ in Lost & Found Opera’s production of the world premiere of Luke Styles’ new work Ned Kelly as part of Perth Festival. Pia also sang ‘Donna Anna’ in New York Lyric Opera’s production of Don Giovanni and performed ‘Spoletta’ in Freeze Frame Opera’s new production of Tosca directed by Rachel McDonald. 

Since her training programme with English National Opera, Pia has sung extensively with Opera Holland Park London, New York Lyric Opera and West Australian Opera, most recently performing ‘Donna Anna’ in New York Lyric Opera’s Don Giovanni, ‘Gretel’ in Opera in the Park and representing the company at various events.

In 2018, Pia performed ‘Gretel’ in New York Lyric’s Hansel and Gretel at the National Opera Center, New York City. Later that year, Pia performed as the Soprano soloist in Breaksea’s community project By Other Eyes conducted by Chris van Tuinen and supported by West Australian Opera commemorating the centenary of Armistice, staged in Bruce Munro’s Field of Light: Avenue of Honour installation on Mt Clarence, Albany. Pia performed as the ‘Whale’ in Breaksea’s Drift commemorating the 40th anniversary of the closure of Cheynes Beach Whaling Company.

In 2017, Pia performed the role of 'Yvette/Georgette' in Opera Holland Park's production of Puccini's La Rondine and in July, Pia sang 'Mathilde' in Opera Holland Park's concert Regency Rossini at the National Portrait Gallery. In October, Pia sang 'Lauretta' in Opera Holland Park's concert Opera & the Silver Screen in the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall. 

In April/May 2016 Pia performed 'Drusilla' in New York Lyric Opera’s Production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at Symphony Space on Broadway and 'Manon' in New York Lyric Opera's Opera Showcase at Carnegie Hall, New York City. Pia then performed in recital to celebrate the Russia and the Arts Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in association with Opera Holland Park. That summer, Pia performed with Opera Holland Park in Die Fledermaus and La Cenerentola and in October she performed with renowned British Tenor Ben Johnson in A Celebration of British Opera with Opera Holland Park in the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall.

Pia worked as part of the Extra Chorus at Opera Australia prior to commencing her studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM) London, where she graduated as the Aldama Scholar, supported by the Bliss Trust Award, of the 2012-2014 Masters of Vocal Performance Programme. In 2015, Pia completed the 2014/2015 English National Opera (ENO) Opera Works Programme and currently works with Professor Yvonne Kenny, vocal coach Della Jones and conductor Peter Robinson. 

During her studies at RCM, Pia covered Leonie, La Bergère and La Chouette in RCM International Opera School's Productions of La vie Parisienne and L'Enfant et les Sortilèges respectively, was selected to sing Stewardess in RCM's Angels: Celebrating the Music of Jonathan Dove, was awarded highly commended in the RCM Lieder Competition and performed in Stephen Fry's operatic adaptation of Forster's The Life to Come. 

Pia has sung at major venues including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Space on Broadway, National Opera Center New York City, Sydney Opera House, St. Paul’s Covent Garden, Sir John Soane Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Performed roles include; Annina La Traviata (Perth Lyric Opera), Pamina Die Zauberflöte (Perth Lyric Opera), Leonie La vie Parisienne (Cover, RCMIOS), La Bergère/La Chouette L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Cover, RCMIOS), Emilie Les Indes Galantes (Woodhouse Festival Opera), Countess The Marriage of Figaro (ENO Opera Works), Mimi La Boheme (Midland Opera) Drusilla L'incoronazione di Poppea (New York Lyric Opera), Manon Manon (New York Lyric Opera) Yvette/Georgette La Rondine (Opera Holland Park, London) Gretel Hansel and Gretel (New York Lyric Opera), Chocholka The Cunning Little Vixen (West Australian Opera), Kate Kelly Ned Kelly (Lost & Found Opera), Spoletta Tosca (Freeze Frame Opera), Donna Anna Don Giovanni (New York Lyric Opera), Gretel Hansel and Gretel (West Australian Opera).

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