Born in Derbyshire, Harriet Eyley is a Welsh National Opera Associate Artist and her programme is supported by the WNO Sir John Moores Award and the Chris Ball Bursary. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studied for an Artist Diploma in Opera, supported by the Siow-Furniss and Henry Wood Accommodation Trust Scholarships. Harriet is also the recipient of a First Class BMus Honours degree, a Distinction in her MMus degree and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for an outstanding final recital and master’s dissertation from the Royal Academy of Music. She remains under the tutelage of Lillian Watson and Tim Evans-Jones.
Harriet made her debut for Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist in Summer 2018, understudying the role of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart). For the Royal College of Music, Harriet has performed the role of Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart) under the direction of Harry Fehr, and has since received critical acclaim for her performances as Clotilde in Faramondo for the London Handel Festival as well as her title roles in Les mamelles de Tiresias (Poulenc) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček). Harriet has performed for British Youth Opera as Nora in Riders to the Sea (Vaughan Williams), Una Novizia and Gheradino for Royal Academy Opera and has been called to audition for both the Royal Opera House’s production of Tannhäuser. She made her debut at St. John’s Smith Square in 2015 in The Fairy Queen (Purcell). Harriet has had the pleasure of performing at notable venues including Guildford and Derby Cathedrals, De Montfort Hall, The Science Museum and The Barbican. She has also has the pleasure of working with esteemed musicians including Roger Vignoles, Laurence Cummings, Malcolm Martineau and Lucy Crowe. Harriet has also performed live for BBC Radio 3 InTune and appeared as a featured soloist for HRH The Prince of Wales, performing in a Gala Concert held at Buckingham Palace.
During her early years, Harriet received vocal training from Coral Gould MBE and was a second study pianist at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire. Harriet is thankful to the Josephine Baker and Drake Calleja Trusts for their current support.