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 Barbarina - Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal College Opera School), Miranda - The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), Susanna - Le Nozze di Figaro (London Young Sinfonia), Clorinda - La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia), Fiordiligi - Cosi fan tutte (London Young Sinfonia) and Amore - L’incoronazione di Poppea (Royal Academy Opera). In opera scenes at the RAM and RCM Milly has worked on Adina - L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Ilia - Idomeneo (Mozart), Cricket Ghost - Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove), Rodelinda (Handel) and Nanetta - Falstaff (Verdi).
Highlights of the last year include working on the role of Miranda in Jeremy Sams’s “The Enchanted Island” with British Youth Opera, winning the Brooks -van der Pump English song competition at the RCM, performing Exsultate Jubilate with the National Symphony Orchestra and playing the role of Barbarina in the RCM Opera School’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen.
Milly regularly sings as a soloist with Nantwich Choral Society, Dartington Community choir, Great Missenden Choral Society, Ipswich Choral Society and The Medici Choir. In 2018 Milly also took part in a contemporary opera project at the RCM in partnership with Tête-à-tête Opera directed by Bill Bankes-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.
This summer Milly will be working for Garsington Opera Company on their Alvarez Young Artist programme. In October Milly will be performing the role of Iris in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's production of Semele conducted by Yu Long and in 2020 she looks forward to covering the role of Barbarina in the ENO’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.