Ailsa Mainwaring studied on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School, after completing her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music. She graduated from Guildhall with the Harold Rosenthal prize for achievement in 2015.
Ailsa has appeared as Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Filippyevna (Eugene Onegin) as a young artist and cover at Garsington Opera. Later this year Ailsa will play Mercédès (Carmen) for Ormond Opera.
Ailsa’s dedication to contemporary music has seen her perform the title role in Hans Werner Henze’s 2007 opera Phaedra (Guildhall Opera), and work closely with composers including Jonathan Dove and Stephen McNeff. Her love of consort singing recently saw her perform as a soloist in Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri for Wexford Festival Opera in 2016.
Other notable appearances include Dorabella (Così fan Tutte) at the King’s Head Islington and at the Frome Festival, Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) for Heritage Opera, Dog / Woodpecker in Janá?ek’s The Cunning Little Vixen for British Youth Opera. Performances at the Guildhall include the world premiere of Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master, the Song of the Wood Dove from Schoenberg’s Gurre Lieder, and various roles in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel) and The Adventures of Pinocchio (Dove).