Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw

"Shaw’s brighter tone glowed with a Wagnerian penumbra befitting a piece that owes more to Parsifal than the English oratorio.” [Dream of Gerontius]

The Guardian

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Madeleine studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the National Opera Studio supported by English National Opera, she was subsequently on the young artist programme at ENO, for whom she has sung several roles over the recent seasons.   Madeleine has also appeared in principle roles at Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and on the concert platform has guested with Noseda, Sir Andrew Davis, Edward Gardner and has made regular appearances with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.


Full Biography

Samling Artist Madeleine Shaw studied at the RSAMD and the National Opera Studio supported by English National Opera. Madeleine was subsequently part of the Young Singers Programme at ENO.

Solo performances include Tippett A Child of our Time at The Sage (Zehetmair), Mozart Requiem in Spain (John Eliot Gardiner), Debussy La Demoiselle Élue with BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Thierry Fisher) and Glagolitic Mass with the Hallé Orchestra (Elder). Further concert engagements include Elgar Sea Pictures, Copland In the Beginning, Bach B Minor Mass, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at the Edinburgh International Festival, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Tavener Lamentation for Jerusalem in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and St Matthew Passion in Cambridge, Duruflé Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Duruflé Requiem at the Sage, Gateshead, Verdi Requiem in Ely and Gloucester Cathedral, Messiah with the Hallé Orchestra and in Norway (Sandefjord Kammerchor), Spain (Oviedo Cathedral), and at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall and The Three Cornered Hat with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Opera in concert engagements have included Flowermaiden/Squire 2/Voice from Above Parsifal (BBC Proms) and Wellgunde Götterdämmerung, with the Hallé Orchestra (Elder), Emilia Otello with the BBC Philharmonic (Noseda), She-Ancient A Midsummer Marriage with BBC Symphony Orchestra (Andrew Davis/BBC Prom), Giovanna Rigoletto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican (Noseda) and Siegrune Die Walküre and Wellgunde Götterdämmerung for Opera North.

Madeleine made her Covent Garden debut as Forester’s Wife/Owl The Cunning Little Vixen and has subsequently returned to sing Rossweisse Die Walküre. At English National Opera her roles have included Annina Der Rosenkavalier, Beggar Woman Death in Venice (also at the Holland Festival, La Monnaie and at La Scala, Milan), Second Lady The Magic Flute, Maddalena Rigoletto, Mercedes Carmen, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, 1st Witch in After Dido (a joint venture by ENO/The Young Vic) and performances of songs by Kurt Weill and Samuel Barber also at The Young Vic.

Her operatic repertoire further includes Juno La Calisto and Medea Giasone with the Early Opera Company (Christian Curnyn) and Cretan Woman in Idomeneo at the Salzburg Spring Festival, in Berlin and Lucerne with Sir Simon Rattle and Adonella in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini for Opera Holland Park. Recent engagements include Messiah in Edinburgh and for Manchester Camerata, Magdalene Die Meistersinger for ENO, Dream of Gerontius with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Petrenko).

Engagements in 2015/2016 include Elijah in Southwell Minster, Handel Samson with the Irish Baroque Orchestra (Matthew Halls), Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Mahler 8th Symphony in the Leeds International Concert Season, a return to Opera North as Wellgunde Das Rheingold/Götterdämmerung and Rossweisse Die Walküre in their complete Ring Cycles, Mahler 8th Symphony at the Leeds International Concert Season and Mozart Requiem at The Sage, Gateshead.


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Madeleine Shaw and James Creswell Triumph in Wagnerian Comic Masterpiece

February 9th, 2015

Five-star reviews all round for ENO’s major new production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg

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“The mezzo Madeleine Shaw was a late replacement, but made one sit upright from her first entry. The Angel is traditionally cast with a plummier, darker voice, though Shaw’s brighter tone glowed with a Wagnerian penumbra befitting a piece that owes more to Parsifal than the English oratorio.”
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian (June 2015)

Tippett A MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE, BBC Symphony Orchestra (Andrew Davis), BBC Proms

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Discography & Repertoire

Handel – IL PASTOR FIDO (1712 version) Cast includes Lucy Crowe (Amarilli), Katherine Manley (Eurilla), Madeleine Shaw (Dorinda), Clint van der Linde (Silvio) with La Nuova Musica conducted by David Bates.


Artist Manager

John McHugh (Cambridge)
01223 706024

Assistant Artist Manager

Mark Williams (Cambridge)
01223 706414