Winner of the Czech Song Prize at the Emmy Destinn Young Singer’s Award and Finalist for the Wagner Society of England’s Singing Competition, Australian Soprano Tanya Hurst is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a Master of Music with Distinction.
This year she continues performances with Theater Bonn as Nedda and will be covering the title role for Welsh National Opera's Jenůfa (postponed due to Covid-19).
Last year Tanya made her debut with English Touring Opera sharing the role of Lady Macbeth for their Spring tour alongside the role of Lady-in-Waiting. In the latter half of 2019 Tanya headed to Europe for her German debut in Pagliacci as Nedda at Theater Bonn.
2018 saw Tanya return to Grange Park Opera to cover Amelia in their Summer production of Un Ballo in Maschera and to Iford as an Iford Cover Artist on the Iford Arts New Generation Artists Programme (IANGA) covering Cio-Cio San in Puccini's Madame Butterfly. Later Tanya covered the role of Kundry for Saffron Opera Group's Parsifal. In 2017 Tanya performed at Grange Park Opera as Gerhilde for Wagner’s Die Walküre and competed as a Semi-Finalist for the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos and was selected as a Finalist for the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize.
Tanya has appeared at English National Opera, West Green House Opera, Grimeborn Festival and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Operatic credits include Gerhilde Die Walküre (Grange Park Opera), Lady-in-Waiting Macbeth (Iford), Flowermaiden Parsifal (Elemental Opera), Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Ormond Opera) The Fox Cunning Little Vixen (Co-Opera), Marenka Bartered Bride (COMO), First and Second Ladies Die Zauberflöte (Melbourne Opera Studio/Young Opera Venture), and Musetta La Boheme (Merry Opera). Her concert performances have involved Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder at St James's Piccadilly, 4 Primo Levi Settings by Simon Bainbridge at Wigmore Hall and Beethoven's 9th at Colston Hall.
Tanya has performed with English Voices at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, in Zürich with the Zürcher-Sing Akademie and has toured throughout the UK with the Armonico Consort.
Tanya was a Finalist for the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Prize for the singing of Strauss held at the RNCM. She is the winner of the Armstead Award and was a Finalist for the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award. Tanya completed her time at the RNCM on a high after being awarded the Claire Croiza Prize for French Song.
She has participated in the British Youth Opera workshops and has been involved with The Divas and Scholars Masterclass & Co. and Opera Prelude.
Tanya holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium. During her studies at The University of Melbourne, Tanya was an Associate Artist with The Melbourne Opera Studio now called Gertrude Opera Studio.
Her studies have been generously supported by the Lady Turner Exhibition, Clarice Malyon Middleton Scholarship, A E Floyd Memorial Scholarship, Joan Sutherland Society Study Grant, Opus50 Charitable Trust, PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation, a Tait Memorial Trust grant to attend the London Master Classes and most recently the 'Mona McGlone Scholarship' awarded to her from the RNCM.
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