Arlene Rolph studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She was an Associate Artist at Welsh National Opera and won Second Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
She enjoys an international career in opera, and has appeared at major houses including Glyndebourne, Frankfurt Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera in roles such as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Varvara (Katya Kabanova), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Siebel (Faust), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia) and Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos).
Much in demand for contemporary opera, she created and premiered roles in four major new operas, including Gloria/Mother Superior in Alberga’s Letters of a Love Betrayed, for Music Theatre Wales.
Arlene Rolph has appeared in concert in major venues across Europe in repertoire stretching from Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mozart Mass in C Minor to Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Tippett’s A Child of our Time.
In addition to her work as an opera singer and singing teacher, Arlene is co-artistic director of NOISE – a company based in the East End of Glasgow to promote contemporary opera through interactive performances and community-based education projects.