After completing her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Kathleen Livingstone, lyric soprano Milly Forrest is currently working towards her masters at the Royal College of Music where she studies with Alison Wells. On the operatic stage Milly has sung the roles of Susanna - Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Clorinda - La Cenerentola (Rossini), Fiordiligi - Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), Nora - Riders to the sea (Vaughan Williams) and Amore - Monteverdi (Poppea). In opera scenes at the RAM and RCM Milly has worked on Adina - L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Ilia - Idomeneo (Mozart) and Nanetta - Falstaff (Verdi).
This summer Milly looks forward to playing the role of Miranda in Jeremy Sams’s “The Enchanted Island” comprised of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others. Highlights of the last six months have been winning the Brooks -van der Pump English song competition at the RCM, travelling to Washington to sing for an event with Jaguar - Landrover through the RCM, returning to Nantwich Choral Society as a soloist in Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, returning to Dartington Community choir as a soloist in Carmina Burana, Returning as a soloist with the Great Missenden Choral Society, and appearing as a soloist for the first time with the Mayfield Choral Society in their performance of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang conducted by Jeremy Summerly. Milly also took part in a contemporary opera project at the RCM in partnership with Tête-à-tête Opera directed by Bill Banks-Jones. In July 2017, Milly was asked by John Gilhooly (director of the Wigmore Hall) to step in for the last song recital of the season “A serenade to Music,” accompanied by Graham Johnson and Eugene Asti. She sang alongside Mary Bevan, Elizabeth Watts, Anna Huntley and many others and made the national headlines after impressing critics.
Upcoming concerts include singing “Exultate Jubilate” by Mozart with the National Symphony Orchestra on the 13th of October and at the end of November Milly will be singing the role of “Barbarina” in the RCM Opera School’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Sir Thomas Allen.
Milly is currently being supported by the Minerva Foundation, the Opperby Stokowski Scholarship and Arrow Media.