Zita Syme

Holder of the Opera Prelude Residency Programme

Zita graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with First Class Honours in Music and then continued her training on the Opera Studies course at Birkbeck University, London and in Italy at the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute.  She continues to study privately with Neil Baker.

Zita enjoys a busy schedule of concert and corporate engagements and is in demand as a recital soloist. She has given song recitals for many of the London Concert Societies and Livery Companies, at the Royal Chapel, Windsor and internationally at Château Moncaud in the Music Festival d’Orange.

Her consort work has led to appearances with the Bach Choir, The Gabrielli Consort, St Endellion Festival and Convivium, recording and touring extensively through Britain and abroad. For Naxos, she has recorded Herbert Howells's Hymnus Paradisi and movie soundtracks for Shrek the Third and Prince Caspian. She is soprano soloist with the Loki Ensemble, a progressive early music group, and regularly performs solo roles in oratorios with many of the UK’s leading choral societies.

Recent operatic roles have included Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for Surrey Opera, Dr Mary in the UK premiere of Doctor Selavy's Magic Theatre by Stanley Silverman at the New Wimbledon Theatre and Elsa in The Grand Duke at the Buxton Festival. Other engagements have taken her to Australia to perform with Opera Australia at The Sydney Opera House and with the Olivier Award winning company OperaUpClose in La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and Monteverdi’s I’incoronazione di Poppea.

Zita has also worked as a Speech and Dialogue coach for Otago Opera’s Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Trust in New Zealand.

Forthcoming engagements include a season with Opera Holland Park (Ensemble), concerts with the Croydon Philharmonic Choir, Salisbury Cathedral and the role of Zerlina for Intermezzo Opera in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.