B i o g r a p h y
Note: Kayla is currently based in London. She will be relocating to Paris in June 2020. She is originally from Napier, New Zealand.
Mezzo-soprano Kayla Collingwood completed a Master of Music in Classical Voice at the University of Auckland in 2016, under the supervision of Dr. Morag Atchison and Dr. Gregory Camp. She previously held a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland and a Graduate Certificate in Theatre Studies from the University of Waikato. Following a post-study hiatus from a full-time singing career, she is continuing to study privately and will be launching her freelance career from mid-2020.
Her attraction to opera and the world of classical singing was sparked on a school music trip at the age of 16, during which she saw New Zealand Opera’s 2008 production of Janáček's Jenůfa. She was a member of the Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus since 2014, also performing the role of the Third Boy in the company's 2016 mainstage production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
She has performed with many organisations as a soloist in operatic productions, oratorio, and other events. Kayla was a 2015 finalist in the NZ Aria competition and the 2016 Napier Aria, and has been successful in a number of competitions around New Zealand. She is an alumna of the NZ Opera School (2015 and 2016) and the NZ Singing School (2013). Kayla was a 2016 recipient of the Anne Bellam Scholarship, and a 2015 recipient of a Freemasons University Scholarship and the John Arthur Langdon Scholarship in Music.