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, Germany as a chorus soprano with soloist commitments.

In the 2019/20 season, Imogen sings the roles of Yvette and un cantore in Puccini’s La Rondine. Imogen sings the role of Micaëla in an abridged version of Bizet’s Carmen - ‘L’amour de Carmen’ - an opera outreach project for the Junges Theater division at Meininger Staatstheater.

In 2020, Imogen presents two liedermatinee at Meininger Staatstheater: a celebration of female composers and poets for international Frauentag, and a recital with duo partner Fangfei Chen featuring the Strauss song cycle Mädchenblumen alongside other interesting interpretations of women in art song. 

Imogen is alumna of the prestigious summer programme Kunst der Interpretation ‘Das Lied von Beethoven bis Berg’ in Baden bei Wein, Austria with the Franz Schubert Institut (2019) and Masterclass Artist for the 2018 Berlin Art Song Festival.

Imogen relocated to Germany with a Young Artist Scholarship to study at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin. 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. Imogen was honoured to sing at the 2018 ANZAC Day Commemorative Service for the Australian and New Zealand Embassies at the Commonwealth War Graves in Grunewald.

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 a featured Living Languages writer for the Goethe Institute.

Imogen has studied with tutors such as: Birgid Steinberger, Nadine Secunde, Caroline Dowdle, Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Wolfram Rieger, Helmut Deutsch, Gabriele Fontana, Andreas Schmidt and Robert Holl. 

Photo credit Mary Sylvia Photography

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