Soprano Zoe Drummond is currently completing an Artist Masters of Opera Performance on full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She completed a Bachelor of Music Performance with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, during which time she was awarded numerous scholarships for academic and musical excellence.
Zoe has been a Melba Opera Trust Scholar for three years as a proud recipient of the 2015 RJ Hamer Opera Scholarship, the 2016 and the 2017 Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship and Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award. Nominated by the Trust, Zoe was awarded the Sydney Opera House Opera Award, granting her the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed soprano, Renee Fleming.
Zoe was thrilled to make her Opera Australia debut in Sydney Opera House – The Opera (The Eighth Wonder) Clare Goldring, Architect’s Daughter and Socialite.She enjoyed performing in the Chorus of Opera Australia’s 2017 Summer Season of La Bohème, King Roger and Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci, and the 2017 Winter Season of Thaïs, Parsifal, Verdi Requiem and The Nixon Tapes.
Zoe has been selected as a finalist in most of Australia's prestigious singing competitions. Last year, she won the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, which will see her travel to New York on a study trip at the end of this year. Her performance was described by Limelight Magazine as “warm and rich… with technical maturity” that displayed an “emotional connection to raise a tear in the eyes of the audience”.
Additionally, Zoe won second prize in the 2016 Mietta Song Competition, the 2016 Megan Evans OAM Encouragement Award from the Joan Sutherland/Richard Bonynge Foundation, and the AOAC Judith Ward Lieder Prize at the semi-finals of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition. Zoe would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the Sydney Savage Club, PPCA’s Performers Trust Foundation and the Opera and Arts Support Group.
Operatic highlights include the Nightingale in Respighi’s Sleeping Beauty (Victorian Opera), Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Western Sydney Opera); Monica in Menotti’s The Medium (Opera Prometheus); Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera); Flora (cover) in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (Victorian Opera); and Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone (Penrith Symphony Orchestra).
Zoe has performed extensively as a soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vespers K339, Exsultate Jubilate; Haydn’s Theresa Mass; Schubert’s Magnificat; Mahler’s 4th Symphony; Handel’s Messiah; and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.
Zoe performs regularly with The Seven Sopranos including fashion festivals for Audi in Singapore and Naersi in China, the Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts; IGA Lord Mayors Christmas Carols in Brisbane and the original cast production of Reverie directed by Stuart Maunder. Zoe features on their new album ‘Popcorn: Songs of Stage and Screen’.
Currently, Zoe is performing the lead role of Giroflé/Girofla in Opera Australia’s fun new production Two Weddings, One Bride.