Reisha Adams is a graduate of the National Opera Studio in London and the Opera Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She was the winner of the inaugural Ian Stoutzker Prize for outstanding musicianship in July 2012, and a semi-finalist in the 2011 Mozart Singing Competition. In November 2012 she was awarded a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians for excellence in performance.
In the current season Reisha makes her mainstage debut for the Opera Vlaanderen as the soprano soloist in Alain Platel’s C(h)œurs 2020.
Operatic roles include Pamina The Magic Flute directed by Simon McBurney (English National Opera); Opera Highlights Tour (Scottish Opera); Lady Macbeth Macbeth (Kentish Opera); Micaëla Carmen (Riverside Opera); Gretel Hansel and Gretel (Wandsworth Fringe); Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, and Alms Sister Suor Angelica (RWCMD); and Despina Così fan tutte (Opera'r Ddraig). Roles understudies include Armida Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Romilda Xerxes and Countess Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro (English National Opera).
A keen recitalist, Reisha has performed extensively on Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now scheme, as a soloist at the Leeds Lieder Festival and at Sir William Walton's home in Ischia, to celebrate the life of Lady Walton. She has performed at venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall.
In masterclasses Reisha has appeared with John Fisher, Dame Anne Evans, Susan Bullock, Natalie Dessay, Sarah Walker at the Chelsea Schubert Festival, Mark Padmore at Wigmore Hall and Bengt Forsberg at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
Reisha has been kindly supported during her studies by The Arts Council of Wales, Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, Help Musicians UK, Christopher Ball, Laura Ashley Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, the Sir Geraint Evans Award and the Jenkin Phillips Scholarship.
Pamina / The Magic Flute / English National Opera / 2016
“Reisha Adams, replacing an indisposed Lucy Crowe as Pamina, displayed verve and confidence.”
“… Reisha Adams sang Pamina with warmth and vibrancy… Vocally Clayton and Adams stood out as the most accomplished singers.”
Winter Masterpieces / National Opera Studio / 2013
“...soprano Reisha Adams managed both Musetta and Donna Elvira without missing a beat.