Isobel Buchanan was born in Glasgow. She won a scholarship to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she won the Governors Recital Prize and Student Of The Year Prize in 1974. In 1975 she joined The Australian Opera. She made her professional debut in 1976 singing Pamina in Die Zauberflote following which she sang numerous roles with the company.
She made her British debut in 1978 at Glyndebourne singing Pamina in the new John Cox production of Die Zauberflote. In 1981 she returned to sing the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, which she repeated in the 1984 Festival.
In 1978 she sang Micaela at the Vienna Staatsoper with Placido Domingo, conducted by Erich Kleiber, which was broadcast live on telivision. The following year she sang Sophie in Werther and a Flower Maiden in Parsifal at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Mimi with Scottish Opera.
Since then she appeared at all the major opera houses including the Chicago Lyric Opera ( L'Elisir d' Amore and Don Giovanni ) Munich,Paris,Cologne,Hamburg and Monte Carlo.
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