A versatile lyric coloratura soprano from New Zealand, Imogen Thirlwall “commands attention on stage as a fine actress...her voice has such lift and energy, galvanizing any role she takes on" (Radio New Zealand).
Since May 2018, Imogen has held a fest position at Meininger Staatstheater as a chorus soprano with soloist commitments.
With repertoire spanning opera, operetta and musical theatre, 2018/19 season highlights include Wagner: Tannhäuser at Wartburg Castle, Bizet: Carmen, Jessel: Schwarzwaldmädel, Gilbert & Sullivan: Piraten von Penzance, and Webber: Evita.
Imogen sung the role of Helferin I in Schoeck: Das Schloß Dürande and was featured as a soprano soloist in Saint-Saëns: Oratorio de Noël with Meininger Hofkapelle. Imogen has also performed at Eisenach Landestheater, Schlosstheater Fulda, Stadttheater Fürth, Regentenbau Bad Kissingen and Stadtheater Ingolstadt. Imogen performed the role of Micaëla in ‘L’amour de Carmen’ for the 2019 Südthüringischen Schultheatertage. The production will tour Thüringen schools in the 2019/20 season as part of Meininger Staatstheater’s Junges Theater programme.
As a lieder enthusiast, Imogen is delighted to have been selected for the five week 2019 summer programme Kunst der Interpretation „Das Lied von Beethoven bis Berg“ in Baden bei Wein, Austria with the Franz Schubert Institut. In March 2019, Imogen presented a Liedmatinee, Träumereien: Lieder und Geschichten zur Nacht, with Dorothea Gerber and duo partner Fangfei Chen at Meininger Staatstheater. Imogen was also Masterclass Artist for the 2018 Berlin Art Song Festival.
Imogen relocated to Germany in late 2017, awarded a Young Artist Scholarship to study at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin. In early 2018, Imogen performed Wynton Marsalis: The Abyssinian Mass with the Soul of Berlin Jazz Orchestra and Singers at the Berliner Philharmonie. She made her operatic European debut as Musetta in La bohème with Berlin Italian Opera at Theater Morgenstern.
Within New Zealand, Imogen established herself within the professional operatic scene as a 2017 Freemasons New Zealand Opera Artist, understudying roles in Carmen and Die Zauberflöte.
Imogen has performed frequently as a soprano soloist with orchestra, encompassing repertoire from Haydn: Nelson Mass and Mozart: Requiem Mass to modern repertoire of Todd: Mass in Blue and Hanson: Hiawatha.
A finalist in singing competitions throughout New Zealand, Imogen was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Lexus Song Quest and a finalist in the New Zealand Aria. She is alumna of the New Zealand Opera School and winner of a Dame Malvina Major Foundation High Achievers Award.
Imogen holds a Master of Music in Classical Performance Voice from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, winning a full scholarship for academic excellence. She was invited to present papers on her research for Musicology Conferences in both Australia and New Zealand. Imogen also holds a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance (NZSM), a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies (NZSM) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.
Imogen has an eclectic range of other skills as a tap dancer, jazz trumpet player and an Executive Assistant. Imogen was also a featured Living Languages writer for the Goethe Institute. Imogen currently studies voice with Nadine Secunde (Germany) and Caroline Dowdle (Royal Opera House).