Nancye Hayes


Alto (but I sing according to character)

Last Victorian Opera performance

Madame Armfeldt in Sondheim's A Little Night Music, June – July 2019


  • On the job! Started working and learning from a very young age
  • Learnt a lot from my training as dancer

Age when you started singing 

Around about 8 or 9

Favourite opera or musical

Sweeney Todd

Favourite opera or musical role to perform

In Sweeney Todd as Nellie Lovett opposite Lyndon Terracini

A fun fact not many people know about you

I’m older that I ever intended to be!

What do you like to sing in the shower?

I don’t sing in the shower, I prefer to dance in the rain.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve performed?

A shopping centre is always strange, especially if they don’t know who you are or why you’re there in costume.

Tell us about your hobbies outside opera.

Needlepoint for friends! That’s how I occupy my down-time during rehearsals.

Nancye Hayes in Victorian Opera's production of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby