Kathryn Rudge

Mezzo-Soprano

Management

Helen Hogh
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Fiona Wells
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Groves Artists represents Kathryn Rudge worldwide

Biography

Born in Liverpool, Kathryn completed her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Susan Roper on the International Artist Diploma scheme in 2011. During her studies Kathryn’s operatic roles included a critically acclaimed Carmen, Erika in Barber’s Vanessa, Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Sorceress (Dido & Aeneas) and Olga (Eugene Onegin), the latter for Haddo House and the RNCM. She also covered the role of Helénè (La Belle Helénè) and sang excerpts from Handel’s Ariodante.

She is a BBC New Generation artist (a commitment which will run until December 2017) and between 2010 and 2013 was a YCAT artist (Young Classical Artists Trust). Featured as The Times Rising Star of Classical Music 2012, Kathryn made her debut to critical acclaim with English National Opera as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) in a production directed by Fiona Shaw, and at Opera North as Sesto (Giulio Cesare). Her concert work has included recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Brighton, City of London Festivals, and Cheltenham Festival (Broadcast by BBC Radio 3), and a performance of Carmen as part of Charles Hazlewood’s 2012 Orchestra In a Field music festival at Glastonbury Abbey.She repeated the role of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and in 2013 returned to Opera North in the roles of Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

On the concert platform Kathryn has appeared as soloist on several occasions with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra working with conductors Vasily Petrenko, Carl Davis and John Wilson. She has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel at the Royal Festival Hall, Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn at Bridgewater Hall, Mendelssohn’s St Paul with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Karl Jenkins The Armed Man with Manchester Camerata and Berio and Hesketh Songs with the RLPO Ensemble 10/10.

In summer 2014 Kathryn appeared with the RLPO in the premiere of Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial Symphony and she has recently recorded a CD of English song with pianist James Baillieu which was released by Champs Hill Rcords in autumn 2014 under the title ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’.

Recent and future engagements include Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) for Garsington Opera, Rosina (The Barber of Seville) for English National Opera, Nancy (Albert Herring) for the Buxton Festival, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for Opera North as well as concerts with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Bach Choir and recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Glynde Place and at Pembroke College. Recordings include Leoncavallo’s Zaza and Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini for Opera Rara as well as many recordings for the BBC.  Future plans include recordings of Elgar, Coates and Hamilton Harty for Somm Recordings.  In August 2016 she made her Proms debut in a performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle.

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Reviews

  • The Barber of Seville (London Coliseum)

    Kathryn Rudge, one of Britain’s brightest young mezzos, continues on her upward career curve as a delightful Rosina… Rossini’s fiendish writing held no terrors for her.

    Mark Valencia What’s On Stage
  • Wigmore Hall Recital

    It doesn’t take long (five notes maybe) to hear why people are excited. Her mezzo-soprano voice already has tremendous reserves of power, impeccable intonation, the capacity for a gloriously sustained legato and, most interesting of all, a distinctive vocal quality. The timbre has white-hot intensity that extends undiminished through all of two octaves.

    Richard Morrison The Times

News

  • Kathryn Rudge appointed Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music
    27.04.16

    Kathryn Rudge appointed Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music

  • Ingpen artists at the 2016 BBC Proms
    13.04.16

    Ingpen artists at the 2016 BBC Proms

  • Ingpen & Williams Artists feature widely in the RPS Awards shortlist
    03.04.16

    Ingpen & Williams Artists feature widely in the RPS Awards shortlist

  • Kathryn Rudge announced as a BBC New Generation Artist
    01.10.15

    Kathryn Rudge announced as a BBC New Generation Artist

  • New Kathryn Rudge CD released by Champs Hill Records
    19.03.15

    New Kathryn Rudge CD released by Champs Hill Records

  • Sky Ingram to make debut at Opera North
    23.09.13

    Sky Ingram to make debut at Opera North