English Mezzo-soprano Fiona Mackay studied music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and is a graduate of Royal Academy Opera, where she studied with Elizabeth Ritchie and Audrey Hyland.
During her studies at the Royal Academy, Fiona was generously supported by the Sickle Foundation, and was also a Bach Cantata Kohn scholar and a member of the Academy's prestigious Song Circle.
For the last two seasons, Fiona has been a principal at Opera Holland Park, appearing as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw in 2014 and La Badessa in Suor Angelica in 2015. Other recent highlights include singing the roles of Maman and La Libellule in a concert performance of Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges with Stephane Denève and the BBC symphony orchestra, Rosina in Haydn's La Vera Costanza conducted byTrevor Pinnock and Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin conducted by Jane Glover. She also performed the alto solos in Bach's Magnificat at St John Smith Square and in the St John Passion at St Martin-in-the-fields.
Other operatic roles include Second and Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Popova in Walton’s the Bear, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Maurya in Riders to the Sea, conducted by Peter Robinson, Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, and Lady Bertram in the London première production of Dove’s Mansfield Park.
Fiona's solo concert work has included performances at the Spitalfields, Dartington, York and Bath Music Festivals, on BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and with the City of London Sinfonia, Thames Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Her oratorio repertoire includes Elgar Sea Pictures, Verdi Requiem and Handel Messiah.