In 2011 she was honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and presented with the Distinguished Musician Award she is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award.
In opera, her appearances include Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre at Covent Garden; Purcell’s Dido at La Scala; Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos and Clairon Capriccio at the Metropolitan Opera; Gluck’s Orfeo at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; the title role in Giulio Cesare and Brangäne Tristan und Isolde at the Glyndebourne Festival; Sesto La clemenza di Tito at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Phèdre Hippolyte et Aricie at the Paris Opera and at the Glyndebourne Festival and and Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.
She has also sung Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Scottish Opera; Komponist for the Welsh National Opera; the title role in Maria Stuarda and Roméo I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Opera North and Octavian, Romeo, Sesto, Agrippina, Xerxes, Ariodante, Ruggiero Alcina, Didon Les Troyens and the title roles in The Rape of Lucretia and Medea at the English National Opera.
Her engagements in the 2013/14 season include the title role in Agrippina at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona the title role in Ariodante at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier in concert with both the LSO/Elder and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington/Eschenbach.
Her many concert engagements include appearances at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs Festivals and at the BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a memorable guest soloist at the Last Night. Much in demand with the world’s great orchestras for the great lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire, she works regularly with conductors such as Bolton, Chailly, Colin Davis, Elder, Harding, Herreweghe, Jurowski, Nézet-Séguin and Rattle.
She has appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall, the Cheltenham Festival and in New York's Alice Tully Hall with Malcolm Martineau; at the Edinburgh Festival with John Horler and at the Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder and Cheltenham Festivals and in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall with Eugene Asti.
She has recorded prolifically and twice been nominated for a Grammy Award.