Michael Kennedy CBE, Opera Now
"She is a splendid actress...
Already this charismatic singer,
with her immaculate diction,
knows how to stir the heart,
and one hardly dares to predict what is to come.”
Richard Morrison, The Times, Wigmore Hall Song 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”.

“For me the biggest news of the evening is
young Liverpudlian mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge...  
her cleanly produced tone, supple musical phrasing,
and sensitive colouring of words combine
with a vividly attractive stage personality
to make something special."

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
"She has everything required of an exciting young mezzo:
tone, technique and absolute conviction in a pair of trousers.”
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

About

Liverpool  mezzo-soprano Kathryn featured as The Times ‘Rising Star of Classical Music 2012’. She made her critically acclaimed professional opera debut with English National Opera as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) in 2011 and 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 revisiting 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 is represented by Ingpen and Williams.

Kathryn has performed in recitals all around the country including Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Leighton House and at the Brighton, City of London and Cheltenham Festivals (Broadcast by BBC Radio 3).   Concert appearances include numerous performances with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall, a concert with Sir Willard White at Bridgewater Hall and a UK tour with American tenor Noah Stewart.  Other engagements have included the ‘Armed Man’ with Conductor Karl Jenkins at Birmingham Symphony Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff and Bridgewater Hall and Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio  with the Orchestra of Opera North at Leeds Town Hall.

Kathryn has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Joaninha Trust, BBC Fame Academy, Joyce & Michael Kennedy Strauss Award, Kathleen Ferrier Bursary, Susan Chilcott and Yamaha Music Awards.  Kathryn is also a Samling Scholar.  Roles performed during her studies include Bizet’s Carmen, Erika (Vanessa), Helena (La Belle Helene), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Olga (Eugene Onegin).

In 2014 Kathryn performed in 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 Mendhollson’s St. 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. The symphony was also recorded for CD.

During 2015 Kathryn’s debut record ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’ with pianist James Bailieu was released on the Champs Hill Label. Concerts have included several performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Future engagements include the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ for Garsington Opera and Rosina in ‘The Barber of Seville’ for ENO.

Copyright ©Kathryn Rudge 2015