Mimi Doulton is a soprano of British-Pakistani origin, with a particular interest in contemporary opera and song. She is a postgraduate scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Gary Coward, and a 2017 Royaumont Voix Nouvelles scholar. She was previously a choral scholar at King's College London, and graduated with first-class honours in Music and Languages in 2015.
Mimi is currently creating the role of Mary in Wake with Birmingham Opera Company, directed by Graham Vick CBE. She has previously premiered work in the UK at Wigmore Hall, Club Inégales, Tête a Tête, and Manchester Opera Project, and also in France at the Fondation Royaumont. She was involved in the development workshops for Philip Venables' Olivier Award-nominated Royal Opera commission 4.48 Psychosis and Mahogany Opera Group's Snappy Operas education project. Her acclaimed interpretation of Judith Weir's one-woman opera King Harald's Saga has been enjoyed by audiences in schools, nightclubs and art galleries alike, as well as at London's Wigmore Hall and St. John's Smith Square.
More traditional operatic work has included title roles in Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice and Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne, as well as chorus and cover work for Hampstead Garden Opera (Le nozze di Figaro) and Opera Lyrica (La Traviata). In Guildhall School scenes Mimi has sung roles by Berkeley (Susan, Dinner Engagement), Cavalli (Semele, Egisto), Handel (Iris, Semele) and Mozart (Despina, Cosí fan Tutte and Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro).
As well as being an experienced chorister and ensemble singer, Mimi is in demand as an oratorio soloist - with her solo repertoire ranging from Gabrieli and Handel to Rutter and Vaughan Williams. She performs with groups including the professional choirs at St. Bride's Fleet Street and St. Paul's Cathedral; Apollo Voices, the Blossom Street Singers, Il Suono and the Philharmonia Chorus. Recent concert work has included Copland's 12 poems of Emily Dickinson in the Barbican Hall and Castiglioni's Vallis Clausa in Milton Court Concert Hall as part of the London Symphony Orchestra's 'This is Rattle' project. Mimi is co-founder of 2021 concerts and will be in residency at Borough New Music in 2018.
She is grateful to the Guildhall School Trust, the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Charity of Mary Barnes, Dr. Labus, Dr. and Mrs Abbott and an anonymous private donor for their generous support of her studies. If you are interested in supporting her continued studies in 2017/18 please get in touch.