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British mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and is currently performing the role of Rosina in ‘The Barber of Seville” for English National Opera.
Kathryn completed her vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and became an English National Opera Young Artist in 2011 and was a YCAT artist (2010-2014.) She made her professional opera debut at the London Coliseum in the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ directed by Fiona Shaw. Kathryn featured as The Times ‘Rising Star of Classical Music 2012’. Since then she has performed with Opera North as Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). In 2012 Kathryn made her debut with Glyndebourne Touring opera in the role of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and she also performed in the role of Carmen in a concert performance with Conductor Charles Hazlewood at Glastonbury Abbey.
Kathryn has performed in recitals all around the country including Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Leighton House and at the Brighton, City of London, Chester and Cheltenham Festivals (Broadcast by BBC Radio 3). Concert appearances include numerous performances with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in her home city of Liverpool, a concert with Sir Willard White at Bridgewater Hall Manchester and a UK tour with American tenor Noah Stewart. Kathryn also regularly performs oratorio and sang Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of Opera North and Leeds Festival Chorus at Leeds Town Hall.
Kathryn has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Joaninha Trust, BBC Performing Arts Fund Bursary, Joyce & Michael Kennedy Strauss Award, Kathleen Ferrier Bursary, Susan Chilcott and Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Music Award and Frederic Cox Award. Kathryn is also a Samling Scholar. Roles performed during her opera studies include Bizet’s Carmen, Erika (Vanessa), Helena (La Belle Helene), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Olga (Eugene Onegin).
In 2014 Kathryn performed in a concert at the Windsor Festival in a Classic FM Broadcast and in recital at the Chester and Lake District International Festivals. She also performed in concerts, in Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 70th Birthday of Conductor Karl Jenkins. Other performances included Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall and Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In July 2014 Kathryn sang the names of the 96 Hillsborough victims at the world premier of Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Liverpool Cathedral which was also recorded and released on CD in November 2014.
During 2015 Kathryn’s debut record ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’ with pianist James Baillieu was released on the Champs Hill Label. Recent concerts have included several performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra including a Valentine’s Day Concert and Liverpool Philharmonic 175 Anniversary Concert broadcast on Classic FM. In June/July Kathryn performed the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ for Garsington Opera.