Senior Vocal Adjudicator 2024 

Joanna Foote - Senior Vocal Adjudicator 2023.

Joanna Foote

Soprano Joanna Foote holds a Master’s in Music from UCLA and a Bachelor of Music from The University of Auckland. Career highlights include Graham Vick’s production of Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten at Deutsche Oper, and Rose Maurrant in The Opera Group’s award-winning production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, appearing at the London Young Vic, Paris Châtelet and Barcelona Liçeu with the BBC Concert Orchestra. She made her début with NZOpera singing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro in 2021.

Roles in the USA included Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro, Nannetta/Falstaff, Monica/The Medium, Belinda/Dido & Aeneas, Polly/Threepenny Opera, and Julie Jordon/Carousel with acclaimed directors Peter Kazaras and James Darrah at UCLA. 

At the culmination of her formal studies Joanna joined the Seattle Young Artist Program as a guest singing Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, appeared in an Offenbach review with Opéra Français de New York at the Slipper Room Burlesque Club and was featured in the BBC Documentary What makes a great soprano? with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. 

She toured Europe extensively in roles such as Marie/La fille du Regiment, Susanna/Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina/Cosi Fan Tutte, and Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Adina/L’elisir d’amore, and Nannetta/Falstaff.

Joanna earned full scholarships to attend the Chautauqua Institution Summer Academy for two consecutive summers, going on to the finals of the McDonald’s Aria Competition at the Sydney Opera House and winning the Otago Daily Times Aria Competition in New Zealand. 

On full scholarship she attended the Solti/Te Kanawa Accadamia in Italy with tutors such as Richard Bonynge and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Moving to London she received a Solti Foundation Grant, attended the Academy of French Song and Opera in Toulouse, was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award at Wigmore Hall and is a Samling Scholar.