"Shaw’s brighter tone glowed with a Wagnerian penumbra befitting a piece that owes more to Parsifal than the English oratorio.” [Dream of Gerontius]
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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.
Samling Artist Madeleine Shaw studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the National Opera Studio supported by English National Opera. Madeleine was subsequently part of the Young Singers Programme at ENO.
Solo performances include Dream of Gerontius (RLPO/Petrenko), 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, Tippett A Child of our Time at The Sage (Zehetmair) and St Matthew Passion in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. She also sang in Duruflé Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass and in an opera gala with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Mozart Requiem in Spain (John Eliot Gardiner), Debussy La Demoiselle Élue with BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Thierry Fisher), 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, The Three Cornered Hat with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Wellgunde Götterdämmerung and Glagolitic Mass with the Hallé Orchestra (Elder) and Emilia Otello with the BBC Philharmonic (Noseda).
With ENO she has performed Annina Der Rosenkavalier, Beggar Woman Death in Venice, Second Lady The Magic Flute, Maddalena Rigoletto, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and in performances of songs by Kurt Weill and Samuel Barber at The Young Vic. Madeleine made her Royal Opera House debut as Forester’s Wife/Owl The Cunning Little Vixen.
Her operatic roles also include Juno La Calisto and Medea Giasone with the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn and Cretan Woman in Idomeneo at the Salzburg Spring Festival, in Berlin and Lucerne with Sir Simon Rattle, Adonella in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini for Opera Holland Park, as well as Beggar Woman Death in Venice with La Monnaie and La Scala and 1st Witch in After Dido, a joint venture by ENO/The Young Vic. Recent engagements have included Siegrune Die Walküre for Opera North, Rossweise Die Walküre at the Royal Opera, Mercedes Carmen and further performances of Death in Venice both for ENO and at the Holland Festival and Wellgunde Götterdämmerung for Opera North. Concert engagements include Messiah in Edinburgh and for Manchester Camerata and Giovanna Rigoletto with the LSO at the Barbican (Noseda). Recent engagements include Magdalene Die Meistersinger for ENO and both She-Ancient A Midsummer Marriage with BBC Symphony Orchestra (Davis) and Flowermaiden/Squire 2/Voice from Above Parsifalwith the Hallé Orchestra at the BBC Proms.
Engagements in 2015/2016 include a return to Opera North for their complete Ring Cycles, Mahler 8th Symphony at the Leeds International Concert Season and Mozart Requiem at The Sage, Gateshead.
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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