Sky Ingram

Biography

  • Sky Ingram is an Australian soprano of English, Scottish and Norwegian descent, living in London, where she trained at the National Opera Studio (sponsored by Opera North) and studied on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She also trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.

    … soprano Sky Ingram, as Avis, appeared perfectly cast and able to inhabit her role with equal dramatic and vocal persuasion

    Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

    The Wreckers (Bard SummerScape, New York, USA)

    Sky made her debut in the role of Lea in the world premiere of Glare for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to huge critical acclaim, returning the following year to sing the goddess Venus in Rossi’s Orpheus. She made her American debut as Avis in The Wreckers for Bard SummerScape in New York and continued on to sing the title role of Rusalka in Valladolid, Spain, and La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro in Kristiansand, Norway.

    Sky has performed oratorio, concert and recital repertoire around Australia, in New York, Norway, and the UK, and has sung on ABC and BBC radio. She is a regular guest artist with Raymond Gubbay Ltd. and with them has been the soloist in concerts such as Last Night of the Proms, Classical Spectacular, Carols by Candlelight and Spectacular Classics. She has performed, in concert, in various venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Paris Auditorium St Germain, Rouen Opera House, St John’s Smiths Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Barbican Concert Hall, Australia House UK, Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Centre in New York.

    Since the age of 11 with a music scholarship to Woodlands Girls Grammar School in Australia, Sky has won several music awards, scholarships and competitions in both Australia and the UK including; Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, GSMD Harold Rosenthal Prize, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Bursary, Australian Music Foundation Scholarship, Wingate Scholarship, and the 2011 ROSL Overseas Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas, after which she was among a few Australians to be invited by the Queen to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace.
     
    Other significant awards include: Winner of The Australian 5MBS Young Performer of the Year, a George Boland Scholarship, Friends of State Opera South Australia Travelling Scholarship, Tait Memorial Scholarship, Finalist in The Australian Singing Competition Marianne Mathy Awards, and SA Young Achiever of the Year (Arts section).

    Future engagements include recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Opera Gala for Ripon International Festival, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte for the English Touring Opera, and for Garsington Opera Foreign Princess/Rusalka  and  Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni.

  • Sky Ingram ist eine australische Sopranistin englischer, schottischer und norwegischer Abstammung, lebt aber jetzt in London. Ihre Gesangsstudien und –ausbildung  absolvierte sie im National Opera Studio (dank Sponsor Opera North), an der Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Opernkurs), an der Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts und am Elder Conservatorium an der University of Adelaide.

    Sky Ingram debütierte unter groβem Beifall der Kritiker am Royal Opera House, Convent Garden, als Lea in der Uraufführung von Glare. Dort sang sie im folgenden Jahr die Göttin Venus in Orpheus von Rossi. Ihr Amerika-Debüt machte sie als Avis in The Wreckers auf dem Musikfestival Bard SummerScape in New York und sang danach die Titelpartie der Oper Rusalka in Valladoli, Spanien und die Rolle der La Contessa in Le nozze die Figaro in Kristiansand, Norwegen. Letztens sang Sky zum ersten Mal Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni bei Garsington Opera and wieder in Paris im Théâtre des Champs Élysées.

    Weiters hat Sky in Oratorien-, Konzert- und Recitalaufführungen in Australien, New York Norwegen, im Vereinigten Königreich und im ABC und BBC Radio gesungen. Sie trat in Konzerten in verschiedenen Veranstaltungsorten wie in der Royal Albert Hall, im Opernhaus Sydney, Opernhaus Rouen, Paris Auditorium St-Germain, in St John Smith’s Square,               St Martin-in -the-Fields, der Barbican Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, im Australia House UK und im SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center in New York.

    Ihr erstes Musikschulstipendium erhielt Sky mit 11 Jahren. Seitdem gewann sie mehrere Musikpreise, Stipendien und Gesangswettbewerbe, sowohl in Australien als auch in England. Dazu zählen: Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, 5MBS Young Performer of the Year, Harold Rosenthal Prize, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Bursary, Australian Music Foundation Scholarship, Wingate Scholarship, SA Young Achiever of the Year (Arts section), George Boland Scholarship, und Stipendien für verschiedenen Opernkurse. Sky wurde auch mit der 2011 ROSL Overseas Trophy für die hervorragendste Musikerpersönlichkeit aus überseeischen Ländern ausgezeichnet, woraufhin sie von Königin Elisabeth II zu einem Empfang im Buckingham Palace für ‘Australier und Australierinnen von Bedeutung’  eingeladen wurde.

    Weitere Partien, die Sky zuletzt sang, umfassen: La Contessa/ Le nozze di Figaro, (Nevill Holt Opera), Helena/A Midsummer Night's Dream (Opera North and ENO, Cover), Musetta/La Bohème  (Opera North, English Touring Opera), Katya/Katya Kabanova (Opera North, Cover), Micaëla/Carmen (Alexander Productions), Dido/Dido and Aeneas (English Touring Opera), Clorinda/La Cenerentola (Opera North), Frauenchor/The Rape of Lucretia (BYO), Frau Fluth/Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Madame Lidoine/Dialogues des Carmelites.

    Zu zukünftigen Engagements zählen: Last Night of the Proms mit dem Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, Konzerte mit dem Hallé Orchestra, Fremde Fürstin/Rusalka bei Garsington Opera und im Edinburgh International Festival, und Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte bei English Touring Opera.

Awards, scholarships and prizes

  • Opera Awards Foundation bursary, 2013
  • Opera North sponsorship, National Opera Studio, 2012-2013
  • Winner, GSMD Harold Rosenthal Prize, 2012
  • Winner, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust bursary, 2012
  • Winner, Australian Music Foundation Scholarship, 2011
  • Friends of State Opera South Australia Travelling Scholarship, S.A. 2011
  • Winner, Walford Alumni Award 2011
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama Scholarship, 2011 - 2012
    • The City Livery Club
    • The George and Charlotte Balfour Award
    • The Worshipful Company of Barbers
    • The Leverhulme Trust
  • Winner, Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and Royal Over-Seas League Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas, 2011
  • Winner, Tait Memorial Scholarship for an Australian Musician, ROSL Overseas Awards, 2011
  • Finalist, ROSL - vocal section, 2011
  • Wingate Scholarship, 2010-2012
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama Scholarship, 2010-2011
    • The Worshipful Company of Barbers
    • The City Livery Club
    • The Vandervell Foundation
  • George Boland Scholarship, Elder Conservatorium, 2009
  • Friends of State Opera South Australia Travelling Scholarship, S.A. 2009
  • Winner, Kevin Sullivan Memorial Award; Open Aria Section, Fremantle Eisteddfods, 2009
  • Finalist, The Australian Singing Competition; Marianne Mathy Scholarship, 2008
    • Guildhall School of Music & Drama Award with support from - The Elizabeth Sweeting Award - The Hazell Scholarship Fund
    • Phoebe Patrick Award
    • Nell Pascall Award
    • Universal Music Australia Prize
    • Goethe-Institute Prize
    • Running Bare Prize
    • Haas Award
    • Opera Australia Prize
    • West Australian Symphony Orchestra Award
    • Filipa Ferreira Prize
  • Winner, Kevin Sullivan Memorial Award; Open Aria Section, Fremantle Eisteddfods, 2009
  • Winner, The Coffee Club Arts Award; Channel Nine Young Achiever Awards, S.A., 2008
  • Finalist - Opera Foundation Australia - New York Scholarship, 2008
  • Finalist - The Coffee Club Arts Award; Channel Nine Young Achiever Awards, S.A 2007
  • Winner, Australian 5MBS Young Performer of the Year, 2006
  • Finalist - The Allans Classical Music Awards, 2006
  • Recitals Australia Scholarship, 2005
  • Christ Church Scholarship, South Australia, 2005
  • Winner, Clement Q Williams Lied Competition, 2005
  • Winner, National 5MBS Young Performer of the Year, S.A. Vocal section, 2005
  • National 5MBS Young Performer of the Year, S.A. Vocal section, 2005
  • Mentorship Award; The Helpmann Academy, 2005
  • Music Scholarship to Woodlands Girls Grammar School, 1996-98
  • Music Bursary to Walford College, 1999-2001
  • Winner of various sections in Adelaide Eisteddfods, 2003-06
  • Publications: Who's Who of Australian Women - upcoming young artist, 2007-2013
  • Publication: Who's Who in South Australia - upcoming young artist, 2007 & 2008

Recent opera roles

  • Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (English Touring Opera, UK)
  • Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Paris, France)
  • Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (Garsington Opera, UK)
  • Rusalka Rusalka (Valladolid Opera Project, Spain)
  • Katya Kabanova Katya Kabanova cover (Opera North, UK)
  • Contessa Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (Kilden Theatre, Kristiansand, Norway)
  • Lea Glare (Royal Opera House)
  • Venus Orpheus (Royal Opera House)
  • Avis The Wreckers (Bard SummerScape, USA)
  • Musetta La bohème (Opera North, UK)
  • Musetta La bohème (English Touring Opera)
  • Helena A Midsummer Night's Dream (Opera North, GSMD, WAAPA)
  • Dido Dido and Aeneas (English Touring Opera)
  • Frau Fluth Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (GSMD)
  • Madame Lidoine Dialogues des Carmelites (GSMD)
  • Emily Our Town (GSMD - UK & European Premiere)
  • Female Chorus (cover) The Rape of Lucretia (BYO)
  • Micaëla Carmen (Alexander Productons)
  • Pamina The Magic Flute (Elder Con.)
  • Clorinda/La Cenerentola (Opera North)
  • Abigail Williams The Crucible (WAAPA - Australian Premiere)
Photo: Tim Dunk Photography
Photo: Tim Dunk Photography

In the comic scenes, Sky Ingram as Venus was the clear winner. With a mane of red hair and long legs, she was the visual image of a screen goddess and vamped it up something rotten.

Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill

Orpheus (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)

Sky Ingram

The star of the show was undoubtedly Sky Ingram in her role of Musetta, Marcello’s flirtatious and temperamental love interest, who was the very definition of bohemian passion.

Anastasia Kennedy, The State of the Arts

La bohème (Opera North)

Sky Ingram