Adelaide based soprano Fiona McArdle is a former James and Diana Ramsay Young and Emerging Artist with the State Opera of South Australia. A recent Finalist and recipient of the Kinnon Award, in 2017 Fiona was a Finalist and Encouragement Award winner in the German-Australian Opera Grant, and was awarded a special Australian International Opera Awards Study Award in Melbourne.
While studying a Masters’ Degree with Jane Eaglen at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA, Fiona worked with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, performing ‘Mistress Zimmerlein’ in The Silent Woman, and was part of the premiere performances of Symphony New Hampshire and Lexington Symphony’s The Essential Ring Part I and Part II as ‘Flosshilde’ and the ‘1st Norn’.
In 2017 Fiona performed with State Opera of South Australia as ‘La Ciesca’ in their double bill of La Vida Breve and Gianni Schicchi. She has also worked with the Australian touring company, Co-Opera, performing as ‘La Zia Principessa’ in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, ‘Suzuki’ in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and ‘Dorabella’ in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
In 2014 Fiona received Honours for her undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music and was awarded the prestigious Beta Sigma Phi South Australia Classical Music Award as well as the George Boland Scholarship and the Elder Overseas Scholarship.