DINAH HARRIS was born in London and studied singing at the Royal College of Music, in London. She also studied privately with international sopranos Dame Isobel Baillie in London and, as a recipient of various scholarships, in Vienna with Rita Streich.
Between the years 1971 to 1990 Dinah was a professional opera and concert singer both in the UK and Europe and the USA as a principal soloist, working with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir John Eliot Gardiner She broadcast extensively on BBC Radio 3 and in Europe and has recorded for the EMI and Erato labels. She was a prizewinner at the international competition at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland.
Since 1990 she has been a singing teacher and voice coach, both privately and (since 2012) at the Royal College of Music, in London where she currently a senior professor in the Vocal Faculty.
Additionally, from 1990 until 2010 she worked as the singing advisor at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent and Lewisham University Hospital, where she was a member of the Voice Clinic Team
Many of the pupils she has taught over the years are now well known names in the world of opera and recitals and several have been prizewinners in both national and international competitions.
She has been on the faculties of several international voice conferences, including those in San Francisco, Vancouver, Banff (Canada) and Australia. She has been an external lecturer for Goldsmiths College, UCL, Thames Valley University, the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music. She is a co-author of the Voice Clinic Handbook (now issued in its second edition). From 2000 – 2003 she was a member of the Council of the British Voice Association and was a member of the Education Working Party of the BVA.
Dinah has a particular interest in vocal pedagogy and vocal anatomy – the nuts and bolts of the singing voice – and her teaching emphasises the importance of breathing and support.