Joan Rodgers is equally established in opera, concert and as a recitalist. She has appeared in concert with conductors including Solti, Barenboim, Mehta, Harnoncourt, Mackerras, Ashkenazy, Salonen and Rattle. Operatic engagements have included performances at all the major UK opera houses as well as in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam and Vienna and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. She has also appeared in recitals and concerts throughout Europe and the USA including at the Edinburgh International Festival, Kings Place, the Wigmore Hall and in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow and New York.
Joan Rodgers received the Royal Philharmonic Society award as Singer of the Year for 1997, the 1997 Evening Standard Award for outstanding performance in opera for her performance as The Governess in the Royal Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Liverpool University in July 2005. Joan Rodgers was awarded the CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List.
Recent and future engagements include the world première of Xavier Dayer’s Mémoires d’une jeune fille triste in Geneva, Gianni Schicchi for Covent Garden with Richard Jones and Antonio Pappano, and Saariaho L’amour de loin for English National Opera, various recitals and concerts across the UK and Europe including with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Goldsmiths Choral Union, Cambridge University Music Society and at the Edinburgh International Festival, Derry City of Song Festival, Oxford Lieder, Brighton, Ryedale, Carlisle and Buxton Festivals, Chichester Festivities, Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, Kings’ College Cambridge and in Paris, Vienna, Aarhus, Moscow and Barbados.
In 2010 Joan Rodgers took up the post of International Chair in Singing at Royal Northern College of Music.