Alice grew up in Hastings, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2014 where she was generously supported by the Winifred Disney and Jennifer Vyvyan Awards and was a Sickle Foundation Scholar.
Her oratorio work includes Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Bach’s B Minor Mass and Tippet’s A Child of our Time. Operatic roles include Poppea L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Pamina (Longborough Festival Opera Young Artists/Barefoot Young artists), Papagena for Longborough Festival Opera, cover Nanetta for Iford Arts, Baronessa Irene and Ginevra Ariodante for RAO, Carolina The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera, Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Aldeburgh Festival with Richard Egarr, Nedda I Pagliacci for Woodhouse Opera, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel for West Green Opera and the Pimlott Foundation, Oriane Amadis de Gaule for UCL Opera, Romilda Xerxes at Longborough Festival Opera and Mimi (Clapham Opera, Regents Opera, Christine Collins Young Artists Programme, Holland Park Opera), Susanna (Kilden Theatre, Norway), and the title role in Simplicius Simplicissimus (cover) for Independent Opera.
Alice has a keen interest in new music and was awarded the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize by the GSMD for work in contemporary song. In 2014 she performed a selection of Birtwhistle songs aired on BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC proms and a solo recital at King’s Place of Berg and Schoenberg song and sang Pierrot Lunaire with Shadwell Opera. She has twice been a Britten Pears Young Artist at the Aldeburgh Festival, and was also part of the Royal Academy's Song Circle, with whom she performed several concerts around England, including the Oxford Lieder Festival. Recent recitals include a solo recital with the London Handel Festival and a performance of Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder at the Amersham Festival.
She has won first prize in the Susan Longfield Award (2011), the Royal Overseas League (2011) Ensemble category, and the Joan Chissel Schumann Prize at the Royal Academy of Music (2012). She was a finalist in the Handel singing competition and Kathleen Ferrier competition 2015 and was the recipient of both the Helen Clarke Award (2013) and a Leonard Ingrams Award (2014) from Garsington Opera. She is also grateful to be the recipient of the 2016 Opera Prelude bursary.
Upcoming operatic roles include a revival of Giulietta for Pop up Opera, the title role in Snow (a new commission for The Opera Story) and Bianca, La Rondine (and Magda cover) for Holland Park Opera.
Q&A with Alice Privett
When did you first hear opera?
When I was in the womb most likely!
Operatic Debut? First singing experience?
A cupid in Venus and Adonis by Blow. I was 5. I couldn't read yet so when they gave me a piece of paper with text on it as a prop I kept turning it around,wondering which way up it was meant to be. The audience thought it was a prank.
Most unusual or exciting theatre or concert hall you have performed in?
A corrugated iron potato barn in rural Champagne, France - we were on tour with the GSMD performing 'les noces' by stravinsky. The date was added last minute because the conductor had a friend living there. None of the people in the hamlet had ever experience live music before - and there we were performing 20th century stuff with two double pianos (an extremely rare instrument). The reception was wonderful.