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Born Edinburgh, 1 July 1949.

Scottish mezzo-soprano.

Cynthia Buchan studied in Glasgow at the Royal Scottish Academy and in Vienna with a Richard Tauber scholarship.

With Scottish Opera she sang a range of roles including Cherubino, Hansel, Hermia, Varvara, Orlofsky, Olga and Charlotte.

She appeared at the 1973 York Festival as a member of the Wexford company, singing Varvara in David Pountney's first production of Kátya Kabanová. Roles at Glyndebourne included Cherubino, Olga and Dorabella. With ENO she also sang Dorabella and Pippo in The Thieving Magpie. She sang L'Enfant in concerts with the SNO in 1975 and later at the 1979 Proms. Her roles at Covent Garden included Bersi in the 1985 production of Andrea Chénier, which has appeared on DVD.

Performances on the continent included Rosina in Paris, Dorabella in Brussels, Toulouse and Bordeaux, Cherubino in Frankfurt, and L'Enfant in Munich and Madrid.

Sources: Various programmes.

Roles in Scotland

Un' ingrata One of the cruel ladies
Ballo delle ingrate 1968
Enfant
Enfant et les sortilèges 1975
Second Lady in attendance on the Queen
Zauberflöte 1976
Cherubino the Count's page
Nozze di Figaro 1977
Nozze di Figaro 1980
Hansel
Hansel and Gretel 1978
Annina Valzacchi's accomplice
Rosenkavalier 1978
Orlofsky a rich young Russian prince
Fledermaus 1979
Olga Larina's younger daughter
Eugene Onegin 1979
Hermia in love with Lysander
Midsummer Night's Dream 1979
Midsummer Night's Dream 1980
Varvara foster-child in the Kabanov household
Kátya Kabanová 1979
Charlotte the magistrate's eldest child
Werther 1983
Director
Carmen 1999
Don Pasquale 1999

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