Bridget Esler


Canadian soprano Bridget Esler was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is now based in London where she serves as a Junior Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She recently completed her Master’s of Music at Guildhall under the tutelage of Samantha Malk, and she also holds a Bachelor’s of Music with a minor in history from McGill University. Her most recent roles include scenes as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, scenes as Alice Ford in Falstaff (Guildhall School), the Parrot in a world premiere workshop performance of new opera Plaything (Musique 3 Femmes), Madame in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Artemisia in The Rape of Artemisia, Mary in Street Scene, and La Clemenza di Tito (Opera McGill).

Also experienced on the competition and concert stages, Bridget is the most recent winner of Guildhall’s English Song Prize, and has appeared in concert across Canada, the US, and the UK. She is particularly well-versed in contemporary music, with highlights from the 2022-23 season including an appearance with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as the soloist in Gabriela Lena Frank’s 2011 orchestral song cycle La centinela y la paloma, a performance at the Opera America New Works Forum in New York City, and a solo recital featuring contemporary works themed around climate change and the environment.

Bridget recently completed her tenure as a 2023 Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She is proud to be a Samling Artist, having attended the Samling Artist Programme in 2022.

Bridget is thankful for the generous support she receives from the Adelaide E. Alexander Memorial Scholarship, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund.

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