Alicia Gurney studies with Ryland Davies and Audrey Hyland. She recently completed her Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction.
This Summer she is returning to sing in the chorus with Opera Holland Park in Kát’a Kabanová (Janáček) and Zazà (Leoncavallo). Last year, she sang in their performances of Iris (Mascagni), La Bohème (Puccini) and The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky). Alicia was an Open Academy Fellow at the RAM 2016-17, specialising in Creative Music Leadership.
While at the RAM, she sang in the chorus for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and performed in opera scenes as Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Idamante (Idomeneo), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte), as well as chorus for Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. She has also completed the Birkbeck Certificates of Higher Education in Concert Singing and Opera with Distinction; roles in scenes include the Minister (Into the Little Hill, George Benjamin) and Helen (King Priam, Michael Tippett). She particularly enjoys both contemporary and early music and has performed with the Morley Baroque Consort in Southwark Cathedral and Handel House Museum, as well as the Thomaskirche, Leipzig and Alice Tully Hall, New York, under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki for Bachfest 2015.
In 2013, she was interviewed on Resonance FM for the Renaissance FM show, singing music by Purcell, and performed in opera scenes with City University Opera Ensemble, including Handel’s Orlando and La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica). She also enjoyed coaching singers at City University for their production of Hänsel und Gretel.
She covered the role of Háta and sang in the chorus for British Youth Opera’s production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride in 2012, also singing in the BYO Easter Workshops that year. Other roles include Dorabella, (Così fan tutte - Elemental Opera), and 2nd Witch/Chorus (Dido and Aeneas - Iris Theatre).
She won 2nd prize in the Association of English Singers and Speakers’ Courtney Kenny Competition in 2010 and holds the DipABRSM in Singing with Distinction. She sings regularly at St Simon Zelotes’ Church in Chelsea and with several choirs including the Herschel Singers, the Syred Consort and Convivium Singers.
Alicia has a MA in Medieval Studies, specialising in the troubadours of 12th century Occitania.