The “sublime singing” (Gramophone, 2017) of Soprano Miriam Allan has been enjoyed across the world, from her native Australia, through Japan and Singapore, as well as at festivals throughout Europe and North America and the Funeral of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Recent engagements saw her return to Australia for a recital tour of Haydn’s Canzonettes with fortepianist Erin Helyard, as well as performances of Vivaldi with Pinchgut Opera, productions of The Indian Queen (Purcell) in Caen, Antwerp and Luxembourg with Emmanelle Haim and Concert d’Astree, as well as Bach’s B Minor Mass with Berner Kammerchor, St Matthew Passion with John Butt and Dunedin Consort and two documentary recordings with Sir John Eliot Gardiner around the life and work of Monteverdi for Mezzo and Stage+. Recordings of Gesualdo Madrigals with Les Arts Florissants were awarded several international prizes.
Highlights during the 2021-22 season saw Miriam perform with Philippe Herreweghe & Collegium Vocale Gent; multiple projects with Les Arts Florissants & Paul Agnew, as well as engagements at the Wigmore Hall with Jonathan Cohen & Arcangelo; return performances for Christian Curnyn & Early Opera Company; Messiah in Madrid and Oxford with The Instruments of Time and Truth and concerts at King’s Place with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
“the vocal magic of the night…she took the audience’s breath away.”
On the opera stage she is a regular company soloist with Pinchgut Opera, for whom she has sung Isifile (Giasone, Cavalli) and Costanza (Griselda, Vivaldi). For the Innsbruck Festival she has sung Galatea (Acis & Galatea, Handel), whilst she has taken various roles in The Fairy Queen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Comique, Paris, and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York. Other roles include Queen of the Night (Magic Flute, Mozart), Musica and Proserpina (Orfeo, Monteverdi) and various roles in Dardanus, Rameau.
She has appeared alongside Sir John Eliot Gardiner & English Baroque Soloists, Masaaki Suzuki & Bach Collegium Japan, Nicholas Collon & Aurora Orchestra and Lars Ulrik Mortensen & Concerto Copenhagen as well as conductors William Christie, Stephen Layton and Laurence Cummings and orchestras the BBC Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Les Violins du Roy, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music.
She has sung Mozart Mass in C Minor in Lincoln Centre, New York, Bach Magnificat in the Musikverein, Vienna, Handel Messiah in Sydney Opera House, Haydn Die Schöpfung at the Barbican, London, Rameau In Convertando in Chapelle Royale, Versailles and appeared in Mozart Opera Galas at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Salle Pleyel, Paris.
Her discography includes the Gramophone award winning series of Monteverdi Madrigals with Les Arts Florissants and Paul Agnew, with whom she can also be seen in the DVD release of Orfeo as Proserpina , as well as the Mozart Requiem with Leipzig Kammerorchester, a recital of Handel and Purcell on ABC Classics and Pinchgut Opera’s series of live recordings.
Reviewing the latter’s release of Giasone, Gramophone remarked that her “stylish [Isifile] steals the show several times,’ whilst Voix des Arts wrote of the same performance “the timbre is one of polished gold from the top to the bottom.”