Born in London and trained at the RNCM, mezzo soprano Flora McIntosh has already attracted attention and praise for her ‘wonderfully rich’ voice and her committed and convincing characterisation.
Recent operatic engagements include Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi for Pop-Up Opera and Carmen for OperaUpClose in London’s West End, both of which received significant critical acclaim. In 2016 she created the role of The Goddess of the Sea in a new opera for children Ulla’s Odyssey and made her Wagnerian debut covering Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Festival Opera 2017.
Other notable engagements include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Suzuki in Madame Butterfly (Regents Opera), Flora in La Traviata (Soho/Tricycle Theatre), Judith in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (RNCM), The Drummer in The Emperor of Atlantis (Halle and Imperial War Museum), 3rd Lady in The Magic Flute (ETO), Myrtale in Thaïs (Grange Park Opera), and Fanny Nelson/Emma Hamilton in the world premiere of Bawden’s A Sailor’s Tale which was later recorded for NMC. Flora spent two seasons at the Batignano Festival in Italy and sang La chatte/L’ecureuil in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the European Opera Centre in Greece and Cyprus. She has been a soloist several times for the Southbank Sinfonia and Parliament Choir, sung the Angel and Queen in Elijah alongside Sir Thomas Allen and given recitals around the UK, most recently at the Garrick Club in London.
During her training at the RNCM Flora was the winner of the Anne Ziegler Award and Ricordi Prize for Opera and received generous support from the Peter Moores Foundation and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. She has participated in masterclasses with, amongst others, Della Jones, Jane Eaglen and Malcolm Martineau. Flora is a Samling Foundation scholar and currently studies with Arwel Treharne Morgan.
Current and future plans include Das Lied Von der Erde with English National Ballet on tour and at London’s Coliseum, Wellgunde (cover) for the Wagner Society, Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin for OperaUpClose, Mozart’s Requiem for the 2018 Stratford on Avon Festival, the title role in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos for Longborough Festival Opera 2018.
Flora lives in North London with her husband and 2 young children.