Paula Sides was born in Cookeville, Tennessee, graduating in music from Columbus State University. She studied on the opera course at the Royal College of Music, where she was awarded the Tagor Gold Medal; she also won the Karaviolis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Competition, the Coutts & Co award and the Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship, supported by a Clayton Award.
Her operatic roles include Tosca, Lauretta in Gianni Schicci, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for English Touring Opera. At the Preggio Opera Festival in Italy she sang Norina in Don Pasquale and Gilda in Rigoletto, and other roles include Atalanta, Mimi in La bohème and Inez in Trovatore. She has a wide concert repertoire, including Vaughan Williams’ 7th Symphony for Opera North and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Requiem and Mozart Unwrapped at King’s Place. She has also recently recorded a soundtrack for a Peroni advertisement for cinema and TV.
Current and future plans include Candide for Iford Arts and Opera della Luna, Britten’s War Requiem with the London Mozart Players, Mahler’s 8th Symphony in Ely Cathedral, and Sombra in The Arcadians for Opera della Luna. She recently sang the title role in Thaïs for Chelsea Opera Group at 4 days notice to considerable critical acclaim. Next spring she will sing Elettra in Idomeneo for English Touring Opera, and in the summer, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera.