Lyric soprano Verity Wingate is fast establishing herself as one of Europe’s most promising young stars, becoming renowned for being both “vocally and theatrically breathtaking” (Trouw). She was selected for the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project in 2021 where she performed the role of Die Schleppträgerin in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s production of Elektra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. In June 2021, Wingate won second prize at the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition where she was awarded a future house debut with Konzert Theater Bern. After her guest appearance as Elisetta in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, Wingate joined the Opera Studio at the Dutch National Opera for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons where she sang the role of Anna in Nabucco alongside Anna Pirozzi as Abigaille and performed and recorded the world premiere of Willem Jeths Ritratto in the role of Luisa Casati Stampa di Soncino which was selected as BBC Music Magazine’s Opera Choice for February 2021.
In the 2021/22 season, Wingate makes her house and role debut at English National Opera as Mrs. Naidoo in Philip Glass Satyagraha and her highly anticipated return to Garsington Opera in her role debut as Governess The Turn of the Screw. She previously made her operatic debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in 2018 for Garsington Opera, and returned the following summer for Montiverdi 1610 Vespers.
Wingate has worked with opera directors including Krzysztof Warlikowski, Andreas Homoki, Monique Wagemakers, Netia Jones and Marcel Sijm, and conductors including Franz Welser-Möst, Maurizio Benini, Gianluca Capuano, Masaaki Suzuki, Laurence Cummings and Christian Curnyn.
In addition to her opera stage performances, Wingate has recently appeared on the concert platform in a recital of Mozart arias and ensembles at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, recitals of works by Schubert and Handel with members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy and a gala recital with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK. Wingate has also appeared in performances of Bach Christmas Oratorio and B minor Mass, Handel Jephtha, Athalia and Messiah, Mozart Requiem and C minor Mass, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Mahler Symphony No.4. Among the venues where she has sung are the Leipzig Gewandhaus, New York’s Lincoln Center and in the UK at the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Aldeburgh Festival and the Holywell Music Room in Oxford.
Wingate is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and of the Royal Academy of Music in London and is the recipient of several awards and scholarships. In 2018 she received Garsington Opera’s Leonard Ingram Award and while at the Guildhall School she received the Paul Hamburger Prize awarded by Graham Johnson for her excellence in Schubert song. She is a scholar of the Samling Institute, the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Foundation and the Alvarez Young Artist Programme at Garsington Opera.
Following a project at the Guildhall School, Wingate was invited to join the prestigious group, The Prince Consort by its founder Alisdair Hogarth and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston. As one of its members she has given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and at music festivals in Harrogate, Bath and Hertfordshire, whilst also appearing on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and featuring frequently on Classic FM.
Governess The Turn of the Screw
Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia
Mrs. Naidoo Satyagraha
Luisa Casati Ritratto
Fiordiligi Così fan tutte
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Donna Anna Don Giovanni
Contessa Le nozze di Figaro
Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites
Mimi La bohème*
Marenka The Bartered Bride
Die Schleppträgerin / 5th Maid Elektra
Michel van der Aa
Rheinmaiden Das Rheingold
Walkerie Die Walküre
Agathe Der Freischütz
*role in preparation
Miroir de Pene
B Minor Mass
O dessa Ögon
Symphony No. 4
C Minor Mass
Petite Messe Solennelle
Vier letzte Lieder
“Verity Wingate is a vocally and theatrically breathtaking Luisa.”
“The peerless soprano Verity Wingate portrays Casati as a possessed ‘musa futura’, but at the same time shows her poignant loneliness.”
“Unsurpassed star of the evening is the soprano Verity Wingate, who performs on stage from start to finish and seemingly effortlessly puts her vocal part into the spotlight."