"No doubt about it, Kezia Bienek had star quality from the start, a disciplined stage animal with a finely-controlled metal about the voice which marked her out..."
- David Nice Artsdesk.com
Kezia moved to London from Gloucestershire aged 16 to study musical theatre at the Brit School. During that time, she was guided towards opera and went on to study as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She completed her training at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in 2015. Kezia is a Solti Te Kanawa Academia di Bel Canto alumna, and worked with many wonderful singers in various masterclasses during her training years, notably: Brigitte Fassbaender, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Richard Bonynge and Sir Thomas Allen.
Starting out in the Glyndebourne Chorus (2015-17), she went on to make her Glyndebourne Festival début as Cornelia in David McVicar’s iconic Giulio Cesare, conducted by William Christie, and later that year as Dorothée Cendrillon (directed by Fiona Shaw) in her début for Glyndebourne on Tour. In 2019 she appeared as Second Lady The Magic Flute for her début with Welsh National Opera, where she returned later that year to sing Forester’s Wife (and cover Fox) Cunning Little Vixen. Further engagements at WNO included Rosina (cover) Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Octavian (cover) Der Rosenkavalier, both cancelled/postponed due to Covid-19.
Other opera engagements have included La frugola Il Tabarro and Gianetta Don Bucefalo (Wexford Festival Opera), Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw (Barnes Festival), Iside Giove in Argo and Tauride Arianna in Creta (London Handel Festival), Concepcion L’heure Espagnole and Doralice La gazzetta (RCM) Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro (British Youth Opera) and Dido Dido and Aeneas (Glyndebourne Youth Opera). She has covered major roles for English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne On Tour, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and English Touring Opera.
Forthcoming engagements for 2021 include Beppe L’amico Fritz for Opera Holland Park and La Frugola Il Tabarro on tour with Mid Wales Opera (postponed from 2020), both are company débuts.
Kezia is based in East London. Amidst the cancellation of opera contracts in 2020, she trained as a Birth and Postnatal Doula, and has been supporting both private clients and Asylum Seekers through their perinatal period. She is passionate about birth rights and anti-racism, and is trying to limit her screen time.