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Biography

New Zealand Coloratura Soprano, Polly Ott, holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury, where she studied with Dame Malvina Major in her hometown of Christchurch. Polly Ott was an Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera before moving to Berlin, where she completed a Master of Arts in Opera with Distinction with Prof. Julie Kaufmann, Frank Hilbrich and Axel Bauni at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Masterclasses with Gerd Uecker, Grace Bumbry and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa complete her formal training.

Current engagements include her debut at the Theater Magdeburg as the BOY FROM NEW YORK in the world premiere of The True Story of King Kong by Jeffrey Ching, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor and Tilo Medek’s Gethsemane at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Max-Reger-Chor Berlin, CLARICE in Il mondo della luna by Haydn and DESPINA in Così fan tutte by Mozart with the Kammeroper München. Recent operatic roles include BERTA in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Cuvilliés-Theater in Munich, PAMINA in Die Zauberflöte at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, and ANNE FRANK in Grigori Frid’s mono-oper The Diary of Anne Frank at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Other notable roles include BLONDE (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and MADAME HERZ (Der Schauspieldirektor) by Mozart, FIRST FAIRY/ NIGHT in The Fairy Queen from Purcell with Kiez Oper Berlin.

Her concert repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary and includes works such as Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, Weihnachtsoratorium by Bach, Handel’s Messiah, In furore iustissime irae by Vivaldi to Herzgewächse from Schönberg and Morton Feldman’s Three Voices. Enjoying involvement in diverse projects, Polly collaborates with PHØNIX16 Solistenensemble, GANZ A Cappella and with classical guitarist, Stefan Degel.