Described as possessing a ‘strongly focused, finely shaped voice’ (Planet Hugill) and ‘Sheridan-Smith like glamour’ (Classical Source), Hazel McBain is a Scottish soprano who recently graduated with distinction from the opera course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tuition of Wilma MacDougall. On graduating, she received the Ian Smith of Stornoway Award. Hazel previously graduated with a first class honours from the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Kathleen Livingstone. In the 2016/17 season she was selected to join the Emerging Artists Programme at Scottish Opera where she performed numerous roles. In the 2018/19 season she is a member of the International Opera Studio Gérard Mortier at the Salzburg Landestheater and makes her English National Opera debut.
Regular engagements at Scottish Opera include Fräulein Bürstner/Leni in Philip Glass’ “The Trial”, Caterina “L'amico Fritz”, Giannetta “The Elixir of Love”, Kätchen “Werther”, Sophie “Little Black Lies” (World Premiere), Anne Trulove “The Rake's Progress” (Extracts) and Uccellina “Bambino”.
Other recent engagements include Musetta “La Bohème” (St John’s, Smith Square), Mademoiselle Silberklang “Der Schauspieldirektor” (Pop-Up Opera), Nannetta “Falstaff” (Opera Bohemia), Susanna “Le nozze di Figaro” (Garsington Opera on tour), Musetta “La Bohème” (Opera Bohemia and Edinburgh Grand Opera), Vixen “The Cunning Little Vixen” (British Youth Opera), Constance “Les Dialogues des Carmelites” (Scottish Ballet), Susanna “Le nozze di Figaro”, Papagena “Die Zauberflöte”, Minerva “Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria”, Servilia “La clemenza di Tito”, Lisette “La Rondine”, and Anne Page “Sir John in Love” (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). She has also covered Despina “Così fan tutte” (Scottish Opera) and Elvira “L’Italiana in Algeri” (Garsington Opera).
At the Salzburg Landestheater Hazel appeared as Pousette/Javotte “Manon”, Pepi Pleininger “Wiener Blut” and Leni/ Fraulein Bürstner “The Trial” and she is looking forward to appear as Despina “Così fan tutte”, Susanna (cover) and Barbarina “Le nozze di Figaro”.
Hazel makes her English National Opera debut as Daughter of Akhnaten “Akhnaten” in February 2019.
Hazel is very grateful for the support she has received from the Gillespie Trust, The Dewar Arts Awards, the Cross Trust Awards, the Robertson Trust, the Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Award, the Basil A Turner Prize and Gillespie Awards.