Described as possessing a ‘strongly focused, finely shaped voice’ (Planet Hugill) and ‘Sheridan-Smith like glamour’ (Classical Source), 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. In the 2018/19 season she is a member of the Opera Studio at the Salzburg Landestheater and makes her English National Opera debut.
Regular engagements at Scottish Opera include Fräulein Bürstner/Leni in Philip Glass’ The Trial, Caterina L'amico Fritz, Giannetta The Elixir of Love, Kätchen Werther, Sophie Little Black Lies (World Premiere), Anne Trulove The Rake's Progress (Extracts) and Uccellina Bambino.
Other recent engagements include Musetta La Bohème (St John’s, Smith Square), Silberklang Der Shauspieldirektor (Pop-Up Opera), Nannetta Falstaff (Opera Bohemia), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington Opera on tour), 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).
At the Salzburg Landestheater Hazel looks forward to appearing as Pousette/Javotte Manon, Leni/ Fraulein Burstner (cover) The Trial and Despina (cover) Cosi fan Tutte.
Hazel makes her English National Opera debut as Daughter of Akhnaten Akhnaten in February 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.