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Singer (soprano)

Fiona Tanner Baldwin

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About Fiona

Fiona is a wonderful professional singer, performer and entertainer - she has a beautiful voice and a fabulous sense of humour
Singer (soprano)
Bedford
Public liability insurance of £5 million

Over the past twenty years Fiona has set the musical realms of corporate entertainment and street opera/theatre alight with her seductive vocal dexterity and captivating interpretations of some of Opera’s finest roles. From the manuscripts of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti, Fiona has enthralled audiences the world over with her unique portrayal of characters such as Fiordiligi, Rosina, La Contessa, Adina, Violetta, Mimì, Norina, Pamina and Madama Butterfly. As a much loved and respected entertainer, Fiona has delighted many high-profile clients, such as the King of Jordan, Elton John, Matthew Parris, Aldo Zilli, and Placido Domingo, with her exquisite voice and effervescent personality. Drawing from an extensive repertoire that spans the Classical, Romantic, Contemporary and Musical Theatre divides, Fiona is a truly versatile musical artist. A former graduate of City University and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Fiona has carved a hugely successful career as a musical entrepreneur. Inspired by a deep passion for opera and an unstoppable desire to share the magic of the genre with all, Fiona founded Oyster Opera in 2001. Ever devoted to refining her instrument, Fiona currently studies with David Pollard.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Early music, Baroque, Fanfare, Opera, Renaissance, Film / TV music, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Medieval music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Musical comedy
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Song list

Opera Roles Performed
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro, La Contessa
Puccini La bohème, Mimi
Verdi La Traviata, Violetta
Mozart Cosí fan tutte, Fiordigligi
Donizetti L’elisir d’amore, Adina
Mozart Die Zauberflöte, Pamina
Donizetti Don Pasquale, Norina
Puccini (in concert) Madama Butterfly, Butterfly
Offenbach La belle Hélène, Hélène
Wagner Das Rhinegold, Wellgunde
Bizet Carmen, Micaëla
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel, Hänsel
Rossini Il barbière di Siviglia, Rosina
Mozart Così fan tutte, Dorabella
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcellina
Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice, Orfeo
Roles studied
(performed in part)
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucia
Donizetti Anna Bolena, Anna
Gounod Faust, Margherita
Rossini La Cenerentola, Cenerentola
Rossini La Cenerentola, Clorinda
Oratorio
Bach B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, St Matthew Passion, St John Passion
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Charpentier Te Deum
Handel Joshua, Messiah,
Samson, Theodora
Mozart Mass in C Minor,
Requiem, Allejuia, Laudate Dominum
Orff Carmina Burana
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Rutter Magnificat
Vivaldi Gloria
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Just keep in touch - pick up the phone and I'm sure we can work something out. I try very hard to accommodate the client.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Happy to oblige although this is not something I usually do.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need to do a sound check with backing tracks through the sound system, without the guests present, if possible, so usually an hour before guests arrive is sufficient, if this is agreeable with the venue.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

You are welcome to make suggestions or pick something from a list. I will usually discuss the programme with the client in order to tailor the repertoire to the event and the guests/attendees. For example, lighter operatic music, big operatic numbers....

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I can bring a small battery operated amp to play backing tracks on for a small space/church/room or a larger system with two speakers, or alternatively I can play my tracks through your sound system.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I can - I am open to suggestions and we can discuss whether it is an appropriate song for my voice type, or whether you may be better off choosing a different performer. I am an opera singer, but I do perform a certain amount of cross-over and lighter numbers. I don't sing pop music - not that I don't like it! It just sounds wrong in my vocal style :)

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am an experienced performer, having sung all over the world in all different kinds of venues and for all kinds of people. I am flexible and easy going and love to entertain. I would say that people "love me" in my performance. My voice is me, and I am sharing it, through singing and if I can make people smile, laugh or cry then I am suceeding in my job.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have sung at a private dinner for Placido Domingo at The Pearl, Dohar, Qatar. An event for the King of Jordan held in Dubai. At the European Space Agency, Frankfurt. The Houses of Parliament. On the Orient Express. For Mathew Parris in his house on a Spanish hillside. At Printemps in Paris, sponsored by Eurostar. A marriage proposal dinner in Putney.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Montserrat Caballe. Maria Callas. Joan Sutherland. Angela Gheorghiu.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I have performed at so many events (pls see my websites for details), I suppose high profile would mean the King of Jordan dinner for 1,500, but maybe also something like Elton John's party at his Windsor pad where guests were Naomi Campbell and Bob Geldof etc etc.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£250
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£800

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Farquhar M, 1 year ago

Fiona Tanner Baldwin brought her usual glamour and commitment to the 2019 Stoke Newington OperaCabaret on June 2. She enchanted the audience with an intense and moving “Mercé, dilette amiche” from I vespre Siciliani, and she brought the house down with a radiant “Io son l’umile ancella”, from Adriana Lecouvreur. She engages powerfully with her fellow singers - her La Traviata duet with Antonio Iranzo was mesmerising. She has an extraordinary ability to bring her audience with her into the emotional predicaments presented in the music. Her voice has real power and confidence, with a silvery tone ~ it was thrilling to hear her soaring above the stave in the magnificent choral version of Nessun dorma that sent the delighted audience into a shining summer night.

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John H, 2 years ago

THE COOPERS ARMS , PEWSEY, SN9 5BL ON 29th DECEMBER 2018. FIONA TANNER BALDWIN I just wanted to say thank you for joining us on Saturday and singing so beautifully. You have entertained us numerous times and yes I would highly recommend you for any kind of event where they want something special, like at a wedding or party. Apart from a lovely voice, which often moves people to tears, you, Fiona, are a great communicator and entertainer-you really engage with us, the audience. I have received a large number of comments from people who were thrilled with your singing. There were some who were asking if they could contract you to attend other events, and so if it is OK with you I will pass on your details. Whenever I advertise any of your events it is always an instant sellout. I cannot commend you highly enough. With Kind Regards, John Holmes.

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