Scottish soprano Yvonne Barclay is a member of the Royal Opera Chorus, which she joined in 2007. She made her Royal Opera debut in 1993 as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and sang Frasquita (Carmen), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), High Priestess (Aida) and Javotte (Manon) for The Royal Opera before joining the Chorus. Her solo roles since have included Lap Dancer (Anna Nicole) and Spirit (Cendrillon).
Barclay was born in Ayrshire and studied at the former Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. She has sung principal roles with such companies as English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Opera Northern Ireland, Bremen Opera, Leipzig Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet and Glyndebourne Festival. In addition to her Royal Opera roles, Barclay’s repertory has included Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Norina (Don Pasquale), Eurydice (Orphée aux enfers), Gretel, Mélisande and Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia).
Barclay’s recordings include First Niece (Peter Grimes) under Richard Hicox for Chandos, Josephine (HMS Pinafore) for D’Oyly Carte and Molly (Dibdin’s Brickdust Man) for Hyperion. She performs widely in concert and regularly sings for BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’.