Recognised as “a name to watch” (The Times, 2023), British-Pakistani soprano Mimi Doulton will be making debuts this season at Snape Maltings Concert Hall for Handel’s Messiah, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Thomas Adès, and at the Salzburg Taschenoper Festival. Highlights of recent seasons include her debuts at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre in the world premiere of Oliver Leith’s Last Days, at Theater Pforzheim as Gretel in Haensel und Gretel, with the Bamberger Symphoniker in Oliver Knussen’s Where the wild things are, and in concert at Wigmore Hall, Spitalfields Festival, the Southbank Centre Purcell Room, and with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Mimi was a 22/23 Opera Awards Foundation Bursary Holder and a Guildhall Futures fund recipient. She made her professional debut in 2018, in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Wake with Birmingham Opera Company, directed by the late Sir Graham Vick. Since then she has premiered works at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Southbank Centre, Spitalfields Festival, Café Oto, Sommer in Stuttgart and Ny Musik I Birkerod, working with composers such as Michael Finnissy, Rakhi Singh and Jasmin Kent Rodgman. Mimi won second prize at the 2021 John Cage Award Halberstadt, and was a finalist at the 2022 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition. She is a graduate of King’s College London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a former young artist with Britten Pears, Leeds Lieder, Park Lane Group, Live Music Now, Longborough Festival Opera and Opera Prelude. She is currently based in Stuttgart, Germany.