Penelope Mills holds a Master of Music degree from the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Sydney Conservatorium. Whilst in the UK, she won scholarships from the DʼOyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Royal Northern College, and was a finalist in the prestigious Elizabeth Harwood Prize.
Performances with the Sydney Concert Orchestra, SBS Youth Orchestra and Willoughby Symphony have included Bachʼs B Minor Mass, Poulencʼs Gloria, Handelʼs Messiah, the Rutter and Fauré Requiems, Vaughan Williamsʼ Pilgrimʼs Journey and Dona nobis pacem, C.P.E. Bachʼs Magnificat, Pergolesiʼs Stabat mater, Vivaldiʼs Gloria and Beethovenʼs Symphony No.9 and Choral Fantasia.
Recent contemporary repertoire performances include Ib Nørholmʼs Impressions, based on The Little Mermaid (Sydney Festival), works by Kaija Saariaho (The Seymour Group) and The Earth that Fire Touches by Australian composer John Peterson (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs).
Penelopeʼs opera engagements include Euridice (Orfeo) and Vénus (Dardanus) for Pinchgut Opera, Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Pacific Opera, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for Stowe Opera in the UK, and Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Nedda (Pagliacci) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for the Royal Northern College.
Recent appearances have included Carmina burana, the Mozart Requiem and concerts in the Immortal Bach series, all for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Carmina burana for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, her Sydney Symphony debut in La rondine and an American debut recital in Washington DC.
Future engagements will include a return to Sydney Symphony to perform Vaughan Williamsʼ Sinfonia Antartica, Bachʼs St John Passion with The Queensland Orchestra, Messiah with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and a solo recital in the Shakespeare Festival, Washington DC.
Penelope performed the roles of Euridice in Orfeo (2004), Vénus in Dardanus (2005) and Ilia in Idomeneo (2006) for Pinchgut.
This bio taken from the last program in which Penelope appeared.
Photo by Bridget Elliot
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