Canadian coloratura soprano Barbara Cole Walton graduated with distinction from the Alexander Gibson Opera School (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and was listed on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2016 edition.
Her 2016/17 season includes singing Baucis Philemon and Baucis (Gluck) and Juno The Judgement of Paris (Arne) with Bampton Opera, as well as, Alexander’s Feast (Handel) with the Hutchesons’ Choral Society, In terra pax (Finzi) and Christmas Oratorio (Saint-Saëns) with the Helensburgh Oratorio Choir, St. John Passion with the Edinburgh Bach Society, and chorus in La bohème with Scottish Opera.
Summer 2017 will find Barbara touring the UK and Italy with Raucous Rossini, singing Berenice in L'occasione fa il ladro, and performing Giannetta in L'elisir d'amore at the New Generation Festival, Florence.
Previous operatic performances include singing Isabella L’inganno felice and Fanny La cambiale di matrimonio with Raucous Rossini, 3rd Wild Goose and cover Fido Paul Bunyan with British Youth Opera, and Eurydice Orphée aux enferswith FAVA Opera. At the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she sang the title role in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Lisette in La rondine, and Königin der Nacht. Barbara has also sung chorus in The Mikado with Scottish Opera and in La Bohème with Pacific Opera Victoria.
Highlights on the concert stage include Messiah; Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C minor, and Coronation Mass in C major; Schubert’s Mass in G major; and Pergolesi’s Salve regina in F minor.
Engagement with contemporary works include singing the title role in a Scottish Opera workshop of Delia (Tom Cunningham), as well as, the soprano roles in Rough for Opera’s workshop of The Doll Behind the Curtain (Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour). Barbara has performed with the Helios Collective in their Formations 2016, singing King Olaf in the opera For the Love of Thorstein Shiver (Alex Paxton) in London, and with ensemble KONTRASTE, singing My Illness is the Medicine I Need (Thomas Larcher) at the Nürnberg Tafelhalle, Germany. She was first soprano in Matthew Whiteside’s three-soprano chamber opera Puddle Wonderful at Sound: a festival of new music, and she performed the Canadian premiere of In the Dark (Tafreshipour), sung in Persian, for soprano and 6 clarinets.
Barbara is grateful for the generous support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, the Hon. Isabel Catto OBE Memorial Scholarship, the Trades House Scholarship, the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, the Anne Clutterbuck Award, the Arnold and Anna Maran Scholarship, the Saltire Scotland Scholarship, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust.
She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Victoria, Canada, where she held the Bea Scott Scholarship in Voice and a British Columbia Arts Council Junior Scholarship.
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“Barbara Cole Walton as Baucis had the show-stopping aria...complete with spectacular top G’s (G in alt!) that seemed to cost her nothing.”