Turkish by birth, Poppy brings a vibrant touch of the Mediterranean to her performances. She is the great niece of the celebrated British contralto Astra Desmond (Lady Gwendolyn Neame) in whose steps she would like to follow.
Music and Performing Arts have played a pivotal role in my life since childhood and I have always had a passion for singing. One of my vocal tutors described my voice as distinctive with a rich Mediterranean tone.
Born to perform was the description used by my very first music teacher. As a performer I see myself centre stage and currently my preparation includes perfecting repertoire from Bellini, Fauré, Rossini, Puccini, and Verdi.
My musical education began in earnest after gaining a scholarship to Chethams School of Music. Following this I was selected to study classical voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Within the course I undertook an international Erasmus study placement at the Conservatorio di Musica Guiseppe Verdi di Milano which culminated in a solo recital in the grand Sala Verdi.
One of the highlights during my time at Trinity was being selected for a masterclass with David Gowland Artistic, Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. We worked intensively on O Quante volte and I was inspired by his teaching and encouraged by his advice.
In my spare time at the conservatoire I regularly participated in Puzzle Piece, a lively student opera group run by students for fun and of course with the aim of gaining vital experience. Since completing my degree course at Trinity, I have understudied the role of Mimi in Barefoot Opera’s autumn production of ‘La Boheme’, directed by Jenny Miller.
I am told that I sing from the heart and connect well with the audience whatever the occasion. My aim for the future is to perform as a soloist at major Opera Houses worldwide.
I have taught at Stagecoach Performing Arts School in Salisbury as the Vocal Coach as well as private teach students of all ages and capabilities.