Kezia Bienek

British mezzo soprano Kezia Bienek moved to London from Gloucestershire aged sixteen to attend The Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology. As a scholar she studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) where she obtained a BMus (Hons) and a MMus. She was also a scholar at the She was also a scholar at the Wales International Academy of Voice as a soprano.

Kezia Bienek recently completed two years at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music (RCM) where she studied voice with Dinah Harris and moved down to mezzo soprano. She has been the recipient of a number of Awards including the prestigious International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary which she received in 2013 and 2014. She has sung in Master Classes with a number of well known artists including Brigitte Fassbänder at the Wigmore Hall, Sir Thomas Allen and Sarah Connolly. She has also worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto.

Initially a soprano, Kezia Bienek’s operatic roles include Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, and, more recently, Ottavia L’incoronazione di Poppea (cover English Touring Opera), First Witch Dido and Aeneas, Second Lady The Magic Flute (Ryedale Festival), Concepcion L’heure Espagnole (RCM), Iside Giove in Argo and Tauride Arianna in Creta (London Handel Festival), Marcellina La nozze di Figaro (British Youth Opera), Lady Billows Albert Herring (GSMD), Doralice La Gazetta (RCM) and Mercedes Carmen.

Kezia Bienek’s recent performances on the concert platform have included Cinq mélodie populaires grecques (Ravel), La regatta Veneziana (Rossini), Petite messe solennelle (Rossini) and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Orchestra of St John’s.

Last season Kezia Bienek performed La Frugola Il tabarro and Gianetta Don Bucefalo for Wexford Festival Opera, following which enjoyed her first season in the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus. Earlier last Autumn she covered the title role in Carmen for Scottish Opera. She recently covered Daughters 4 & 5 Akhnaten for English National Opera.   Forthcoming engagements include the role of Madam Popova in Walton's The Bear at the Wexford Festival.

April 2016        

“ ... Other stars of the year (2015) are even younger, and I can’t remember a better time for talent pouring out of the music colleges. In student productions, mezzo Kezia Bienek, Callas-like in temperament, excelled in one of the two casts for the Royal College of Music’s totally accomplished staging of Handel’s delightful pasticcio Giove in Argo..”.

http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/best-2015-opera

Kezia Bienek