A Yorkshire lass…
Recently featured in British Vogue, Annette Wardell is one of music’s rising new stars. Born in Scarborough and brought up in the North East, this proud Yorkshire soprano has sung her way in to the nation’s hearts, and brought audiences around the globe her very special and intensely unique style of performing.
She has firmly established herself as the supreme soprano, combining versatility, charm and humour with a truly world class voice, and effortlessly interprets the musical spectrum, from opera to Lady Ga Ga in her own very individual style. Dubbed the “Dinky Diva” and the “Kylie Of Opera” by the British Press, this diminuative diva oozes glamour, and yet still remains true to her down to earth Northern roots, which she acknowledges to be the secret to her success.
From her first piano lesson at the age of four, Annette went on to study at the Royal College Of Music in London, and then at the Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester. Operatic roles soon followed, including Cis in Sir Peter Hall’s award-winning Glyndebourne production of Albert Herring, also starring Alfie Boe; and her Barbican Hall debut as Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. Cast as the perfect teenage boy, Annette made her Holland Park debut as Cherubino in another Mozart masterpiece “Le Nozze Di Figaro” (Marriage Of Figaro”). Returning home to Yorkshire, she sang her first contemporary role as Duende in Simon Holt’s “The Nightingale’s To Blame” for Opera North, and made her Bridgewater Hall debut as the soloist for the Halle’s renowned New Years Day Viennese Gala concert.
A great favourite with Gilbert And Sullivan audiences, roles have included Elsie in “Yoeman Of The Guard”, and Caslida in “The Gondoliers” for the Buxton Festival, and Phoebe in “Iolanthe” for Carl Rosa opera. Most recently, she sang Mabel in “Pirates Of Penzance” for Raymond Gubbay, in a production directed and starring Alistair McGowan, and garnered rave reviews in another Gilbert And Sullivan classic “The Mikado”, singing Yum Yum, again for the Buxton Festival.
On the concert platform, Annette has performed as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Halle, Manchester Camerata and various German orchestras, where she has a great following. She is a regular Guest Artist on the BBC’s much loved Friday Night Is music Night, and recently performed with the Concert Orchestra at the Hackney Empire in a programme of favourites form the world of music theatre, with West End stars Sally Ann Triplett and Simon Bowman, which was also broadcast by the BBC. She has shared programmes with Sarah Brightman and Michael Buble, and is a great favourite of the Royal Family, performing for them at their very special request.She recently made her Royal Philharmonic Orchestra debut with an eclectic opera programme, and is currently on tour with the National Symphony Orchestra as soloist for a series of Great British Proms performances across the U.K. Her largest audience ever, was when she was honoured to perform at the FA Cup Final, where she sang to an astounding 280 million people live!