Mezzo-Soprano Florence Awotula was born in Heidelberg and grew up in London and Villingen-Schwenningen. She is currently studying a master’s degree with a specialization in Art Song at the HMDK Stuttgart with Cornelis Witthoefft and Ulrike Sonntag. In Februar 2019, she successfully graduated from the State University of Music Trossingen where she studied under the tutelage of Andreas Reibenspies. From 2016 – 2017 she studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London with Julie Kennard and Ian Partridge. In the year 2018 – 2019 she was granted the scholarship “Deutschlandstipendium“. Her studies were further enhanced by lessons with Alexandra Coku, Annette Postel, Mitsuko Shirai, Angelika Luz and Angelika Kirchschlager.
Florence started singing at an early age. From the age of 12, she took singing lessons with Erkentrud Seitz and won 1st prizes in youth singing competions. She performed the role of Hänsel in Humperdinck’s „Hänsel und Gretel“, African Madonna in a modern oratory by Felicity Laurence during secondary school, and Sesto from Händel’s Giulio Cesare in the University of Trossingen Opera Scenes.
Florence Awotula is a versatile recitalist. She has a special interest in German, French and English Song. She sings in various fields including oratorio, early music, ensemble music, opera and contemporary music.
Concert tours with the Philharmonia Chorus London lead her to Valencia, Alicante, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Lille. In 2014 she took part in the promoted music project „Orient meets Occident“ in Tunesia. Further Highlights include her German Song recital in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute in Savona, Italy, and a unique song recital with German and English songs by female composers, both accompanied by pianist Clemens Müller.
Florence is also passionate about teaching. She works as a vocal teacher at the music school in Pliezhausen and has been working as a choir leader since 2017.