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Fiona Kimm

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Fiona Kimm in action.
Fiona Kimm as Ellipsis de Selby in The Virtues of Things, The Royal Opera © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

Mezzo-soprano Fiona Kimm made her Royal Opera debut in 1977 as Bridesmaid (Der Freischütz) and has since returned to sing roles including Shepherd (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Fyodor (Boris Godunov), Page (Salome), Baroness (Chérubin) and Ellipsis de Selby (The Virtues of Things, world premiere in the Linbury Studio Theatre). For The Royal Ballet she has sung Katharina Schratt (Mayerling) in London and Japan and Fortune-teller (Carlos Acosta’s Carmen, world premiere). In the 2018/19 Season she sings Xenia’s Nurse (Boris Godunov) for The Royal Opera.

Kimm studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She has performed throughout the UK, Europe and North America, with such companies as English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Garsington Opera, The Grange Festival, Opera North, Scottish Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Frankfurt Opera and the Nederlandse Reisopera. Her roles have included Mrs Herring (Albert Herring), Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes), Mrs Bentson (Lakmé), Ježibaba (Rusalka), Madelon (Andrea Chénier), Kabanicha (Kát’a Kabanová), Giglietta (Isabeau), Arnalta (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Ericlea (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Abbess (Suor Angelica), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) and First Norn (Götterdämmerung).

Kimm sings regularly in concert and recital, with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra, Lontano and the Nash Ensemble.

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