The brilliant
Pamela Hay

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A fine lyric voice

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Polish-American soprano Pamela Hay was born in New York City and lives in London. She received her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, and her Postgraduate Certificate from the Royal College of Music, London. Pamela won scholarships to the Aspen Music Festival and the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg and was the recipient of Peabody’s prestigious Charles M. Eaton Voice Award, the Kathleen and Wallace Hankins Award in Voice and the Azalia Thomas Prize. Pamela was also supported by an HSBC scholarship award and Pamela Litman for her work with British Youth Opera. Master classes include those of Barbara Bonney, Philip Langridge and Malcolm Martineau… more


Pamela started teaching while a Master of Music student, when Professor Thomas Grubb appointed her to the coveted position of Teaching Assistant at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

The Royal Opera House Covent Garden invited her to be a Create and Sing Artist for their Create and Sing Programme, delivering opera education and teacher training to schools across the U.K. with operas such as Carmen and Hansel and Gretel. The ROH commissioned her to devise the warm-ups for their newest addition, “Create and Sing The Magic Flute,” for which they filmed her presenting the songs and warm-ups in videos available on the ROH website. She was then invited to appear in a live broadcast, presenting the debut of the new “Create and Sing The Magic Flute” nationally to all their partners. The ROH have then invited her to be the singing teacher for the ROH Youth Opera Company, giving individual singing lessons and conducting the full chorus in rehearsals. She supervised the children’s chorus in rehearsal for the main stage production of Cavalleria Rusticana under Sir Antonio Pappano… more

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Debut onstage at Royal Opera House

Pinch me! This was the moment I made my debut on the mainstage of the Royal Opera House, presenting this extraordinary production of The Magic Flute. Jonathan Ainscough and I led from the stage as Richard Hetherington conducted the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House...

Hosting AOTOS seminar

Tonight! I am delighted to host this online talk in my capacity as Chair Elect for the Association of Teachers of Singing. We have invited the fabulous Abigail Mann-Daraz to give a presentation on "Intentional Practice in the Voice Studio", which will discuss how to...

Conducting for Create Day 2023

Honoured to conduct in the Royal Opera House's inaugural Create Day. Create Day brought together thousands of children from all over the U.K., to devise and perform a piece responding to the theme of the UN Convention's Rights of the Child, simultaneously around the...

Presenting at the National Singing Symposium

I was honoured to be able to present at the National Singing Symposium, by Music Education Solutions, this autumn. Working with the fabulous director Sarah Tipple, we led delegates through a whistle-stop tour of how to learn and stage an opera. We worked on music from...

Storytelling Workshops for the ROH

I've been lucky enough to run a series of workshops for the Royal Opera House, teaching children how to be opera directors. Having toured these to Doncaster and Rotherham, these latest workshops were for the children of Tees Valley Music Service in North Yorkshire....

Teaching for the Royal Opera House

2024 has started with a bang! I've just finished running my first two cpd workshops of the year for the Royal Opera House, and off to run my third tomorrow, in Bristol. The music of The Magic Flute is the perfect way to start the year! Photo by Veronika Ward.

Counselling Skills for Singing Teachers

Lovely thing to start my 2024: returning home to my certificate on completing the excellent “Counselling Skills for Singing Teachers” course by Vocal Health Education.This rigorous course, run by the brilliant Sarah Carcillo, has challenged me and developed my...

Royal Opera House on the road

Whew! The first 5 weeks of the Royal Opera House's workshops are finished! I have been honoured to be a part of creating the resources for this terrific Create and Sing The Magic Flute, and have been delighted with how well they've worked in practice. Proud to be a...

ROH highly commended in “Teach Primary” Awards

The Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation Department's National Schools Programme has been awarded "Highly Commended" in the Teach Primary Awards! Out of 8 shortlisted finalists, we were in the top three, recognised for our 'outstanding' remote learning...

My ROH workshop in The Stage newspaper

We're in The Stage! I gave a workshop at the Royal Opera House with an extended vocal workout and taught some of Carmen, alongside the marvellous Louise Bakker delivering drama work, to teachers from the ROH's partner, The Eliot Foundation Academies Trust. It was a...

Bang Straws film selected for Raindance Festival!

Honoured that The Bang Straws film is selected for the UK Competition @raindancefilmfestival! Screening Saturday 29th at 3.45pm @riocinema Dalston. Tickets still available and Q&A with @amelobernardo. So chuffed to have had a role in this remarkable film.

National Live Broadcast from ROH

It's a wrap! Live broadcast from the Royal Opera House to an audience of thousands across the U.K., exploring "What is Opera?" and the music of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Joined by the incredible director Louise Bakker, and all managed expertly by our new brilliant...

Pointless answer tonight

I was a pointless answer in the Pointless final tonight! Sherlock Holmes, not the Underground station. Photo courtesy of our esteemed Leporello, Ian Pope. Elvira Forever!

Devising at the Royal Opera House

Always the best start to the week: a day of devising our latest live broadcast! Proud to be a Create and Sing Artist.

Chair Elect of Association of Teachers of Singing

I can finally announce that I am now the Chair Elect of the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS). After the marvellous AOTOS Summer Residential Conference at Clare College, Cambridge hosted by current Chair Nicola-Jane Kemp, I have very big shoes to fill. Can't...

The Grange Festival Yeoman review

My wonderful singing pupil received incredible reviews for his role in Yeoman of the Guard at The Grange Festival. One review in particular jumped out at me: "His voice was striking, very much an extension to his speech (which is a bonus in the more patter moments),...

Live broadcast at the Royal Opera

Today was the day! Jonathan Ainscough and I broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to over 80 schools nationwide. We presented our new Create and Sing The Magic Flute materials, including the new warm up that I devised, and led 1000 school children to perform our...

Film showing at Whitechapel Gallery

I am thrilled to announce that my film The Bang Straws, directed by Michelle Williams Gamaker, has been selected from over 2600 entries to be one of 46 features at Whitechapel Gallery, as part of London Open 2022. It will be showing at the Whitechapel Gallery until 4...

YOC Chorus Director at Royal Opera House

Absolute treat to look after the singing of the Youth Opera Company in the Royal Opera House rehearsal of Cavalleria Rusticana under Antonio Pappano today. Warming them up in the space was thrilling, and they sounded fab!

Family Sunday at the Royal Opera House

Just been sent this picture of me warming up the children for the Royal Opera House Family Sunday on March 6. The theme was "Flying High", and I led this group of children in a vocal workshop, singing Papageno's duet from The Magic Flute. We had some great bird...
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