Paula Sides was born in Cookeville, Tennesee, graduating with honours in music from Columbus State University. She studied on the opera course at the Royal College of Music, where she received the Tagor Gold Medal. Other prizes included the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Competition, the Coutts & Co. Award and the Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship, supported by a Clayton Award.
Operatic roles include Tosca, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Pamina The Magic Flute, Atalanta
Xerxes, Clizia Teseo, Emilia Flavio, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro all for English Touring Opera; Norina Don Pasquale, Gilda Rigoletto (Preggio Opera Festival, Italy); Atalanta Atalanta (Handel Society); Bastienne Bastien und Bastienne (Skipton Camerata); Mimi La Boheme, Inez Il Travatore (Opus 1 Opera); Grasshopper The Cunning Little Vixen (RCM). Covers include Governess Turn of the Screw (Opera North); Ginevra Ariodante, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito (ETO).
Concert engagements include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 7th Symphony for Opera North and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Richard Farnes, Mozart Unwrapped (King’s Place with Roger Vignoles), City of Dreams (Philharmonia Orchestra concert series, Exultate Jubilate and Messiah with the Skipton Camerata, the Mozart Requiem for Thames Philharmonic Choir, the Vivaldi Gloria in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Rossini Stabat Mater for Putney Choral Society, the Brahms Requiem, Elijah for the RCM, Carmina Burana with the London Gala Orchestra. Paula has also recorded a soundtrack for a Peroni advertisement on TV and cinemas.
Current season/future plans: Paula is delighted to be singing Violetta in La Traviata for the Longborough Festival in 2018. Other upcoming engagement include Wesendonck Lieder with the South Birmingham Sinfonia, and Benjamin Britten’s The Company of Heaven with the Harrogate Festival.