Hazel McBain is a Scottish soprano who recently graduated with distinction from the opera course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tuition of Wilma MacDougall. On graduating, she received the Ian Smith of Stornoway Award. Hazel previously graduated with a first class honours from the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Kathleen Livingstone. In the 2016/17 season she was selected to join the Emerging Artists Programme at Scottish Opera where she performed numerous roles.
Recent engagements include Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington Opera Alvarez performances), Fräulein Bürstner/Leni in Philip Glass’ The Trial, Caterina L'amico Fritz, Giannetta The Elixir of Love and Kätchen Werther all for Scottish Opera, Musetta La Bohème (Opera Bohemia and Edinburgh Grand Opera), Vixen The Cunning Little Vixen (British Youth Opera), Constance Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Scottish Ballet), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Minerva Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito, Lisette La Rondine, and Anne Page Sir John in Love (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). She has also covered Despina Cosi fan Tutte (Scottish Opera) and Elvira L’Italiana in Algiri (Garsington Opera).
This season Hazel sings Musetta La Bohème at St John’s, Smith Square, Mademoiselle Silberklang in a new touring production of Mozart’s Der Shauspieldirektor for Pop-Up Opera, Sophie in the World Premiere of Little Black Lies and excerpts of Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress (Scottish Opera Connect) and Nannetta Falstaff for Opera Bohemia alongside a busy concert schedule. She looks forward to her English National Opera debut in 2019.
Hazel is very grateful for the support she has received from the Gillespie Trust, The Dewar Arts Awards, the Cross Trust Awards, the Robertson Trust, the Ian Smith of Stornoway Opera Award, the Basil A Turner Prize and Gillespie Awards.