A lyric coloratura soprano with a flair for contemporary music, a range of over three octaves, a Kiwi can-do attitude and a taste for a challenge, Joanne Roughton-Arnold began her vocal studies with Esther Salaman and Paul Hamburger while a postgraduate violinist at Trinity College of Music. She went on to become a prize-winning vocal student at Birmingham Conservatoire, and now studies with renowned operatic soprano Nelly Miricioiu and international vocal coach David Harper.
Most recently, she has performed the virtuosic role of Semele at the Royal Opera House in a research and development workshop on Roberto David Rusconi's new opera, Dionysos. Other operatic credits include Annina La Traviata with the Chelsea Opera Group and Nelly Miricioiu (Queen Elizabeth Hall), La Zia Madama Butterfly Opera Holland Park (Christine Collins Young Artist), Methodist Preacher A Pastoral Messiah (Unexpected Opera), Sarah Whitehead in Malcolm Williamson's English Eccentrics under Lionel Friend, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte (Birmingham Conservatoire), Eurydice Orpheus in the Underworld, Norina Don Pasquale (Morley Opera), Gilda Rigoletto (Porthcawl Grand Pavillion), Marguerite Faust, Morgana Alcina (Theatr Elli, Llanelli).
She has appeared in concert at HM Treasury, the London Master Classes, St George's Hanover Square, and Handel House Museum; as soloist in Dallapiccola's Commiato with the Thallein Ensemble under Edwin Roxburgh (Birmingham Conservatoire), Bach's Mass in B Minor (Bedford School Choral Society), Messiah (Bedford Messiah Choir). As a recitalist she designs programmes that combine the familiar with the new, drawing on both contemporary and standard repertoire.