Born in Derbyshire, Harriet Eyley is a graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studied for an Artist Diploma, supported by the Siow-Furniss and Henry Wood Accommodation Trust Scholarships. She is the recipient of a First Class BMus Honours degree, a Distinction in her MMus degree and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for an outstanding final recital and master’s dissertation from the Royal Academy of Music. Harriet remains under the tutelage Lillian Watson and Tim Evans-Jones.
At the Royal College of Music, she sang Clotilde Faramondo, in association with the London Handel Festival, Serpetta La finta giardiniera and Thérèse Les mamelles de Tirésias.
She has worked with artists such as Sir Thomas Allen, Laurence Cummings, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles and performed live for BBC Radio 3 In Tune and for HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. Harriet has had the pleasure of performing at Guildford and Derby Cathedrals, De Montfort Hall, The Science Museum, The Barbican and St John’s Smith Square, making her debut in 2015 with Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. She has also sung Nora Riders to the Sea for British Youth Opera.
During 2017 / 2018, she sang Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Vixen Sharp-Ears The Cunning Little Vixen for the Royal College of Music, and was an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Festival Opera, where she sang Papagena Die Zauberflöte.
During her early years, Harriet Eyley was a second study pianist at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire and remains thankful for past and present support including The Countess of Munster, Josephine Baker and Drake Calleja Trusts and Help Musicians UK.
Harriet Eyley will join Welsh National Opera as an Associate Artist in 2019 singing Frasquita Carmen, Norina Don Pasquale and Oscar Un ballo in maschera, and she will also appear a series of concerts with the orchestra, A Night in Vienna.
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Tytania: A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Royal College of Music
“Harriet Eyley, magnetic, big-voiced and bright-toned…”
“Harriet Eyley – whom I admired very much as the Vixen in RCM’s production of Janacek’s own forest foray last Autumn, and in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias at the College earlier that year – was, as Tatyana, once again tremendously glossy of voice, adding some much needed glamour.”
Clotilde: Faramondo / London Handel Festival
“…she emerged with triumphant vigour in the memorable and virtuosic aria ‘Combatutta da due venti’…”
“Eyley, silver-toned and effortless, is by turns virtuosic and exquisite.”
“Harriet Eyley displays a beguiling soprano as Clotilde…”
“Harriet Eyley sparkled as a gamine Clotilde…”
“I enjoyed Harriet Eyley’s spirited portrayal of the conflicted Clotilde…”
Vixen Sharp-Ears: The Cunning Litle Vixen / Royal College of Music
“Harriet Eyley is a triumph as the Vixen, captivating vocally and dramatically and conveying a lovely innocence and ferocity…”
“As the Vixen, Harriet Eyley displayed thrilling brightness and vocal intensity, conveying the character’s vulnerability as well as her confidence and insouciance. In the moonlit interlude her soaring lyrical lines blazed with passion.”
Thérèse: Les mamelles de Tirésias / Royal College of Music
“...in Harriet Eyley, the RCM were blessed with a fine singing actress who projected imposingly but with a vocal warmth which assuaged some of Thérèse's feisty unreasonableness. The challenging coloratura was sung with penetrating precision and a sparkle of panache.“
Nora: Riders to the Sea / British Youth Opera
“…sung with searing concentration and wonderfully contained restraint…”
“…the radiantly engaged soprano Harriet Eyley as Nora…”