Photography by Cathy Pyle
Hotspur / Pierrot Lunaire
In 2019 Joanne co-founded formidAbility out of a conviction that opera can reach more people if we better reflect the diverstiy of our audiences. Read more
Joanne sings regularly with the British Paraorchestra under Charles Hazlewood:
• The Nature of Why
Shortlisted for a 2019 Royal Philhamonic Society Award
The Lowry, Kneehigh Festival, Blackpool Empress Ballroom, Wales Millennium Centre, Brighton Dome, Perth Festival, Southbank, Bristol Old Vic
• Kraftwerk: Re-werk
WOMAD, The Anvil, Marble Factory, Brighton Dome, Colston Hall
• Minimalism Changed My Life
Southbank, Bridgewater Hall
Photography by Ines Hachou
Photograohy by Cathy Pyle
A new one-woman chamber opera by Gillian Whitehead Fleur Adcock, commissioned by Joanne Roughton-Arnold with funding from Creative New Zealand. Read more
"But magic there often was in Roughton-Arnold’s vocalising, ranging from the most delicate sliding between pitches and most hushed of consonants – jewels of musical noise in themselves – to grim violence."
"Joanne Roughton-Arnold’s clear, forensic and cool soprano is spellbinding, as is her mix of wifely anxiety and queenly composure, confessed with appealing frankness...
Joanne Roughton-Arnold proved to be a brilliant exponent of the sprechstimme style demanded by Schoenberg of his performer, using her spoken voice rhythmically to reach the myriad range of pitches and tones of this severely challenging piece."
"An unforgettable premiere... A superb operatic performance that deserves to be repeated throughout New Zealand."
"I can't think when I've ever seen something I've written so spectacularly embodied."
Fleur Adcock CNZM OBE
librettist for Iris Dreaming
"A startlingly impressive singer, with a soprano voice capable of performing unusual feats of agility and high tessitura."
"Joanne Roughton-Arnold, one of Ms Miricioiu’s pupils, sounded like a possible Violetta of the future while taking the small role of Annina."