Paula Sides was born in Cookeville, Tennesee, graduating in music from Columbus State University. She studied on the opera course at the Royal College of Music, where she received the Tagor Gold Medal. Other prizes included the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Competition, the Coutts & Co. Award and the Sir Thomas Allen Scholarship, supported by a Clayton Award.
Operatic roles include Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Pamina The Magic Flute, Atalanta Xerxes, Clizia Teseo, Emilia Flavio, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro all for English Touring Opera; Norina Don Pasquale, Gilda Rigoletto (Preggio Opera Festival, Italy); Atalanta Atalanta (Handel Society); Bastienne Bastien und Bastienne (Skipton Camerata); Mimi La Boheme, Inez Il Travatore (Opus 1 Opera); Grasshopper The Cunning Little Vixen (RCM). Covers include Governess Turn of the Screw (Opera North); Ginevra Ariodante, Servilia La Clemenza di Tito (ETO).
Concert engagements include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 7th Symphony for Opera North, Mozart Unwrapped (King’s Place with Roger Vignoles), City of Dreams (Philharmonia Orchestra concert series, Exultate Jubilate and Messiah with the Skipton Camerata, the Mozart Requiem for Thames Philharmonic Choir, the Vivaldi Gloria in St. Martin’s in the Fields, the Rossini Stabat Mater for Putney Choral Society, the Brahms Requiem, Elijah for the RCM, Carmina Burana with the London Gala Orchestra. Paula has also recorded a soundtrack for a Peroni advertisement on TV.
Recent engagements: Mimi La Bohème, Eleanora The Siege of Calais, Poppea The Coronation of Poppea and Poppea Agrippina for English Touring Opera; The Four Last Songs for the South Birmingham Sinfonia and Huddersfield Philharmonic.
Current season/future plans: The Antarctic Symphony for the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, title role La Calisto English Touring Opera.