Mezzo-Soprano Milette Riis is about to start her master’s in vocal performance at the Royal Academy of Music under tutelage of Alex Ashworth, following a Ph.D. in maths from the University of Leeds.
Her operatic experience includes Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas, LUU Opera Society), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana, West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra), and Sally (A Hand of Bridge, Wolfson College Oxford), and in scenes she has performed as Nero (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Harrow Opera), Catherine (The Women of Whitechapel, Oxenfoord International Summer School), Mrs. Ford (Sir John in Love, Oxenfoord International Summer School), and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly, University of Leeds). An experienced oratorio soloist, Milette has performed among other things in Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and Mozart’s Requiem.
Milette is also a keen conductor, having directed both the Chamber Choir and the unauditioned Symphonic Choir at the University of Leeds. While in Leeds she studied conducting with Eduardo Portal and received coaching from Andrea Brown, Alice Farnham, and Oliver Rundell. She is currently one of eight scholars in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain’s Fellowship Scheme.
She enjoys blogging in her free time.