Born in South Derbyshire, Yvonne began her professional career with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company performing numerous roles including Elsie Yeomen of the Guard and Josephine HMS Pinafore. She joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1994 and made her debut with the touring company as Despina Cosi fan tutte and in their production of The Bartered Bride she sang Esmeralda which included training to be a trapeze artist! She sang Musetta La Boheme for Opera North and later returned to understudy Violetta La Traviata and Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte. She has also worked for WNO and Garsington Opera. For Surrey Opera, she has performed the roles of Adina L’Elisir d’amore and Violetta La Traviata and for Kentish Opera, Micaela Carmen and Pamina The Magic Flute. She sang the roles of Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Musetta La Boheme for Garden Opera including two tours to Kenya plus a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Nairobi Cathedral. Yvonne sang the title role in Madame Butterfly and Mimi La Boheme for Opera Brava, and Rosalinda Die Fledermaus with Carl Rosa Opera Company at Haddo House in Scotland. She recently sang First Lady for Swansea City Opera in their successful tour of The Magic Flute, Cio Cio San Madam Butterfly for Opera Box and Alice Ford in Surrey Opera’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor which included a week of performances at the beautiful Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
As a well-known performer of Gilbert and Sullivan, Yvonne was invited to appear as soprano soloist in the Centenary Gala Concert of the Philadelphia Savoy Company, the oldest Gilbert and Sullivan society in America. Yvonne is a regular guest performer on cruises, has appeared on BBC Radio 2′s Friday Night is Music Night, and is an adjudicator for the British & International Federation of Music Festivals.