Born in Scotland, Linda Ormiston graduated MA in Maths from Glasgow University and then pursued a musical path with a DRSAMD from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and further study at the London Opera Centre. After a year with English Opera for All, she joined Scottish Opera for whom she performed more than 25 roles.
Out of Scotland, she has sung with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Northern Ireland and Glyndebourne Festival. Abroad, performances have taken her to opera houses and concerts halls all over Europe the USA and Japan. She has sung at many of the major music festivals, including Covent Garden, St. Magnus, Como, Buxton, Aix en Provence and in two major productions at the Salzburg Festival.
Engagements over the last few years have included Prokoviev’s Betrothal in a Monastery at Opéra de Lyon, Britten’s Peter Grimes with Frankfurt Opera, Britten’s Albert Herring with New Kent Opera, The Nose by Shostakovich with Opéra de Lausanne and Nantes/Angers Opera, Offenbach’s Bluebeard at the Buxton Festival and Jenufa at Angers, Rennes, Nantes and Marseille. For WNO, she was Nutrice in the acclaimed production by David Alden of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, which was broadcast on BBC 2 and since then, she has returned to WNO for Eugene Onegin (Filipievna) and The Merry Widow (Praskowia).
Away from opera, she appeared in the BBC TV series Hamish MacBeth and is well known as a broadcaster with BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 3. With the baritone Donald Maxwell, Linda Ormiston formed Music Box over 25 years ago and their witty look at the serious business of music has taken them all over the UK and Europe and to many eminent Festivals including a record seven successive years in late night cabaret at the Edinburgh International Festival.
In 1999, she received an honorary Doctorate of Music from St. Andrews University and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2001, Linda was awarded the O.B.E for her services to opera.
She has given workshops and master classes all over Britain and Ireland and is a resident tutor on the Oxenfoord International Summer School in Scotland. Linda has taught a wide range of students both privately and in Conservatoires and is also the tutor for the B Mus Year 4 Opera Scenes at RCS.