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Linda Ormiston

Lecturer in Vocal Performance


Linda has an honorary Doctorate of Music from St. Andrews University and was awarded an OBE for her services to opera.

Linda Ormiston was born in Motherwell, Scotland, and graduated MA in Mathematics and Music from Glasgow University. She continued her studies at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and the London Opera Centre and after a season with English Opera for All, joined Scottish Opera, for whom she sang more than 30 roles as a contract principal.

In Britain, Linda has also appeared with the English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, New Sadlers Wells, Glyndebourne Festival and Opera Northern Ireland in a variety of roles ranging from Yente (Fiddler on the Roof) to Despina (Cosi fan Tutte). Other performances include Frankfurt, Nantes, Lausanne, Marseilles, Venice, the Aix en Provence and Salzburg Festivals and further afield, New York, Vancouver and Japan. She’s appeared at the St. Magnus, Covent Garden, Queens Belfast, Como, Chester and Buxton Festivals and with the baritone Donald Maxwell as Music Box, in cabaret for a record seven successive years at the Edinburgh International Festival. 

In July 2019, Linda directed Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Sullivan’s The Zoo for The Hochschüle für Musik in Nürnberg.

Linda is a resident tutor at the Oxenfoord International Summer School and has given workshops and masterclasses throughout the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. She teaches the Music Theatre Course at the Dance School of Scotland and in the vocal department at the RCS, where she also directs the BMus year 4 Opera Scenes.