From Hutchie to Harvard!

Charlotte Louise McKechnie (C2010), graduated from Harvard University ‘Cum Laude’ for her B.A. in History & Literature this May.

Charlotte also received the David Steven Braverman prize ‘For talent and commitment to the Arts’ and the Adams House Arms Award. Charlotte is no stranger to prizes having won the BBC’s ‘Young Chorister of the Year’ and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Opera Cup, as well as receiving the Winifred Crawford Smith and the Ella Lamb medals for singing at the Edinburgh Competition Festival.

She made her first television appearance on STV’s ‘A Child’s Christmas’ in 1997 and began her opera career touring with Scottish Opera’s production of La Bohème in 2002. Since then she has had a flourishing career on stage. Recent roles include Galatea (Acis and Galatea, Handel), Second Lady (Magic Flute, Mozart), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart), Cobweb (A Midsummer Night’s. Dream, Britten), and Prilepa (Queen of Spades, Tchaikovsky).

She also understudied the role of Josabeth in Handel’s opera Athalia to acclaimed American soprano Amanda Forsythe. This summer she is performing The Magic Flute by Mozart in the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, USA before travelling in August to Luxembourg, where she has been invited to perform in the Vianden Festival. At Harvard, in addition to her studies, Charlotte sang as a Choral Fellow every morning at 8 a.m. in Harvard’s Memorial Church choir - whilst performing in 3 operas per year and working part-time as a Media Assistant in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Library.

In the upcoming year she will be applying to Master’s programs in opera, whilst working as the Managing Director of the Juventas New Music Ensemble, a Boston-based classical music ensemble that specialises in the promotion of contemporary music.

Charlotte’s father, Vincent McKechnie, enthusiastically supports her career, saying, “I think we’ll hear more about Charlotte’s achievements in the years to come. Of course I would say that, as I’m her very happy, immensely proud dad. Charlotte’s mum, Lorraine, is to be praised to high heaven for all the support, time and love she gives to Charlotte.”

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