Joan Rodgers

International Visiting Tutor


Joan Rodgers, soprano, was born in Whitehaven. She obtained a degree in Russian from Liverpool University and then studied singing at the RNCM. She made her professional début in 1982 as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at Aix-en-Provence Festival. This quickly led to roles at ENO and Covent Garden and in opera houses throughout Europe. In 1995 she made her New York Metropolitan Opera début as Pamina. In 1998 for Scottish Opera she sang her first Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier). She sang in the Last Night of the Proms in 1988 and recorded several Mozart roles with Daniel Barenboim. She soon became known for her interpretation of songs by Russian composers and in 2004 her recording of Russian songs on Hyperion won critical praise. In 2005 she sang in Handel’s Ariodante with the Bavarian State Opera in Tokyo. In 2010 she was appointed to the International Chair of Singing at the RNCM. For her services to music she was awarded the CBE in 2001.