Scottish soprano Monica McGhee is a current Young Artist at the National Opera Studio and a graduate of the RSAMD (now RCS) and the RCM. She is based in London, where she studies with Marie McLaughlin.
Operatic appearances include Frasquita (cover) Scottish Opera, Leila (Les Pêcheurs des Perles) Opera Bohemia, Mimi (La Bohème) with Kensington Symphony Orchestra and Opera D’Amore, Giannetta/Adina cover (L’Elisir D’Amore) for Haddo House, Gontran ( Une education manquée) for Pop-up Opera, and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) for Bloomsbury Opera.
As a soloist on the concert platform, Monica has performed in some of the country’s greatest venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, The Barbican, Glasgow City Halls and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. She was a competition finalist in the 2016 Susan Chilcott Award and the 2011 and 2014 Les Azuriales Opera Competition. She was a finalist in the international Tenor Viñas competition in January 2021 but due to the national lockdown was unable to fly to Barcelona for the finals.
Before starting at the National Opera Studio Monica was singing internationally with The Royal Opera House in their tour to Japan and in Sweeney Todd with Bergen Nasjonale Opera.
This summer she will sing Donna Anna for Dorset Opera Festival.
This year, she is a Drake Calleja Scholar, holds a Musicians Company Award and a Sybill Tutton Award. Her time at the National Opera Studio was generously supported by The Robertson Trust, The Cross Trust, The Hope Scott Trust, Scottish International Education Trust and the James Caird Travelling Scholarship.