British mezzo-soprano Harriet Williams made her Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Old Sister I (Babette’s Festival) in the Linbury Studio Theatre. She has since returned to sing Mrs Rogers (The Doctor’s Tale: OperaShots in the Linbury Studio Theatre) and on the main stage First Esquire (Parsifal), Flosshilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Girl (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) for The Royal Opera and L’Invitation au voyage for The Royal Ballet.
Williams studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her operatic engagements include Polinesso (Ariodante) for English National Opera, Fortuna (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Flora (La traviata) for Welsh National Opera, Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) for Longborough Festival, Mrs Olsen (Street Scene) for Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and Liceu, Barcelona, Hannah Kennedy (Maria Stuarda), Nenila (The Enchantress) and Albine (Thaïs) for Grange Park Opera, Governess (The Queen of Spades) for Opera Holland Park, Angelina (La Cenerentola) for Clonter Opera, Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin) for English Touring Opera, Ariodante for Early Opera Company, Maria (For You) in Rome and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Smeton (Anna Bolena) and Purcell’s Dido.
Williams has sung in concert with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and Royal Scottish National Opera, among others, and has worked with such conductors as Colin Davis, Beranrd Haitink, Neville Marriner, Antonio Pappano and Carlo Rizzi.