Mezzo-soprano Edith Ngaire Barlow completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne and a conducting mentorship with John Hopkins O.B.E. She sang in Musical Theatre in Asia and Australia before continuing her opera and classical music studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she was the recipient of the Isabel Lucas singing prize. There she performed as Tina in the contemporary opera Flight by Jonathan Dove, Berenice in Handel’s Scipio and Frau Flut in Nicolai’s Die Lustige Weiber von Windsor. She also worked as a backing vocalist for Sir Elton John.
During her time in London Edith played the role of Lucy Lockit in The Beggar’s Opera for the London Handel Festival, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette for East London Opera and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for London Chamber Opera. She also recorded Schumann’s Opus 29 with Graham Johnson for Hyperion and EMI records.
Now based in Sweden, Edith performed Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel for The Julita International Chamber Music Festival in 2009, which was broadcast live on Swedish television and national radio station P2.
As a recitalist Edith recently performed at the Music Museet in Stockholm and the Julita International Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, at the Girona Festival Della Lyrica and the Deia Music Festivals in Spain, as well as for the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Future engagements include recitals at the Erlach Sommernacht Festspiele in Switzerland, the Festival de Música de Sant Pere de Rodes in Spain, the Djulö and Brevens Bruk Festivals in Sweden and homecoming concerts in Australia this Christmas. Edith is also very interested in directing and will take up a mentorship with director John Ramster in London next year. She is currently in the planning phase for staging Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw next year in Sweden.
Edith continues to study in Stockholm with conductor and pianist Thomas Schuback and soprano Anne-Monica Larsson.