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’s first singing engagement here was as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel for The Julita International Chamber Music Festival, which was broadcast live on Swedish television and national radio station P2. She also performed for the King and Queen of Sweden last year as part of the King’s Eriksgatan pilgrimage. Edith is also a regular soloist with Swedish choir’s, most recently with the Lorelei Male Choir in Ӧrebro.
Edith performs regularly as a recitalist and was invited this summer to perform at Dimitri Ashkenazy’s Erlach Sommernacht Festspiele in Switzerland. She also performed this year at the Festival de Música de Sant Pere de Rodes in Spain, Girona, and the Festival Della Lyrica and the Deia Music Festivals in Spain, as well as for the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia. Future engagements include concerts in Moscow and Siberia with Fedor Belugin, viola professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and member of the David Oistrakh Quartet, and a tour of Spain with the renowned Russian soprano Eteri Gvazava. Edith will also undertake the lead role of Dinah in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, in Sweden.