Biography

In 2011 Kathryn completed her vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and immediately became an English National Opera Young Artist. 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.

“The star performance comes from Kathryn Rudge’s Cherubino, chaotically sexy, charismatic and totally compelling”  Financial Times.


Kathryn was featured as the new face of classical music in ‘The Times Rising Stars of 2012.   During 2012 she made her debut with Opera North in the role of Sesto in Handel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’

“Kathryn Rudge’s Sesto suggests she has everything required of an exciting young mezzo: tone, technique and absolute conviction in a pair of trousers”” – The Guardian.

In the summer of 2012 Kathryn performed in the title role of Carmen in a concert performance at Glastonbury Abbey  with Conductor Charles Hazlewood and his orchestra and she also went on a UK tour with American tenor  Noah Stewart.

 

In the autumn of 2012 she made her debut with Glyndebourne Touring Opera revisiting the role of Cherubino in their new production of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’‘ for which she made 29 consecutive appearances in the role on tour. 

 

“The standout performance is Kathryn Rudge’s deeply felt and endearingly jittery Cherubino” Financial Times.  

Concert appearances included a recital at  Wigmore Hall  

 
“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” The Times

During 2013 Kathryn performed in the role of Annio in Opera North’s production of Mozart’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ 

“…The biggest news of the evening is young Liverpudlian mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge as Annio.  Her cleanly produced tone, supple musical phrasing and sensitive colouring of words combine to make something special it was at Opera North that we first saw Alice Coote: Kathryn Rudge has the same star potential” The Guardian.

 She also appeared for Opera North  in the role of Hermia in Britten’s ‘A Midsummer  Night’s Dream’. 

 Hermia was endowed with a very individual personality by the shrewedly observed nuances, vocal and dramatic,  of the mezzo  Kathryn Rudge” Opera Magazine. 

 

Other appearances included performances at Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead and Bridgewater Hall with concert appearances with Sir Willard White and a tour with Conductor  Karl Jenkins in the ‘Armed Man’.  In the summer of 2013 Kathryn joined the prestigious artists roster of the international management agency Ingpen and Williams.

Credit: Sussie Ahlburg

STUDIES: Born in 1986 in Liverpool, mezzo soprano Kathryn started to study piano at the age of eight and became involved in acting and singing activities at her school. She gained a place at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music (JRNCM) where she studied piano and voice with Polly Beck on a Saturday.   Whilst at the Junior RNCM,  Kathryn was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in recitals across the North West which offered her very early experiences of performing on concert platforms. She won the Helen Latto Soroptomist’s prize (2003) for singing and the Director’s prize (2004).  Also in 2004, at the age of 17, Kathryn entered a competition sponsored by the Rotary Club of Liverpool and BBC Radio Merseyside and won the title of “Merseyside Young Singer of the Year”.

On entrance to the RNCM as an undergraduate in 2004, Kathryn was the recipient of the Elsie Sykes Fellowship Award and an ABRSM Undergraduate Scholarship. Throughout her time the RNCM Kathryn studied with vocal tutor Susan Roper and graduated in 2008 with 1st Class Bmus (Hons) and in 2009 achieved a PGDip (Dist.) in postgraduate opera studies. During 2011 she completed the RNCM’s International Opera Diploma course; designed for a small number of top level performers identified as having the potential to progress to an international career in their chosen field.

RNCM AWARDS: Kathryn’s awards and prizes included: The James Martin Oncken Song Prize (2005), The Alexander Young Prize (2006), The Amanda Roocroft Award (2008), Brigitte Fassbaender Award for Lieder (2009) and an Annie Ridyard Scholarship (2009&2010). In 2008 Kathryn was awarded the RNCM’s prestigious Frederic Cox Award, and in 2009 the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Prize for the singing of Strauss.

NATIONAL AWARDS: In 2006 Kathryn represented the RNCM in the national Kathleen Ferrier Young Singer’s Bursary Award competition and won the Joyce Budd Prize. In 2007 she was awarded a Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Vocal Scholarship and a BBC Fame Academy Education Bursary. During 2008 Kathryn was the winner of the Bruce Millar/Gulliver Award for young opera singers in a national competition held at the RSAMD. In 2009 she was the winner of the Clonter Opera and Audience Prize and she was also awarded a Worshipful Company of Musicians’ silver medal for excellence in performance. In 2010 Kathryn received the Worshipful Company of Musicians Allcard Award and The Musicians Benevolent fund Sybil Tutton Award.  Kathry  also performed in 20110 with the BBC Concert Orchestra as a semi-finalist in the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Opera Prize competition which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2’s “Friday Night is Music Night.”

During 2011 Kathryn won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Audience Prince’s Prize, The Joaninah Trust Award and she became a Samling Scholar and a Susan Chilcott (RPS) Scholar.

Kathryn is a participant on the YCAT and RPS Phillip Langridge mentoring scheme.

THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Kathryn has had a longstanding relationship with the RLPO. She has performed with Conductor Carl Davis, CBE, and the RLPO in the Open Air Concerts held at Leeds Castle in Kent (2006) and at the Open Air Southport Summer Classics Concerts (2006&2007). She was also the guest soloist at the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with the RLPO and Conductor Carl Davis (2008). Kathryn has also performed with the RLPO under the baton of their Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko in a series of Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’ Concerts and at the Liverpool Echo Arena Opening Ceremony celebrating the City’s European Capital of Culture year (2008). Kathryn has also performed with the RLPO Ensemble 10/10 Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs and Kenneth Hesketh’s ‘Small Tales, Tall Tales – A Grimm Sequence.'(2009). In 2011 Kathryn performed with the RLPO and conductor Vasily Petrenko as soloist for the Birkenhead School’s 150th Anniversary Grand Finale Concert and again with the RLPO and Conductor John Wilson in Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits at the Chester Festival. 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 RLPO at Liverpool Cathedral.

Concert Performances: Concert performances have included appearances with the Northern Chamber Orchestra Symphonia and the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. She has also performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the opening festivities at the Royal Festival Hall, London with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel, CBE. Kathryn has performed Mahler’s ‘Fahrenden Gesellen’ with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra. Other works performed include Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and The Armed Man. During 2010 Kathryn performed extracts from Mahler’s ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’ at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra. During 2012 Kathryn performed at Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall, in a BBC 3 recorded recital at the Cheltenham Festival and recitals at the City of London and Brighton Festivals.  Kathryn also performed as a special guest on the concert tour of tenor Noah Stewart and in  concert in the title role of Carmen at the  Conductor  Charles Hazlewood’s ‘Orchestra in a Field’ concert at Glastonbury Abbey. In 2013 Kathryn performed in a concert with Sir Willard White for the Royal Northern College of Music 40th Anniversary Concert at Bridgewater Hall, broadcast by Classic FM.  In May 2014 Kathryn sang with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall conducted by Karl Jenkins as part of his 70th Birthday Concert.

OPERA ROLES:-  Kathryn made her professional opera debut with English National Opera in 2011 as an ENO Young Artist in the role of Cherubino in Director Fiona Shaw’s production of Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’.  Later in the year she went on to make her debut for Opera North  in the role of Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare’In the autumn of 2012 she revisited the role of Cherubino for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. In 2012 Kathryn performed the role of Annio in ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ and in 2013 she performed the role of Hermia in Brittens ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ both with Opera North.

During Kathryn’s time at the  RNCM  in 2010 she performed in the title role in Bizet‘s ‘Carmen’  and in March 2011 she performed the role of Erika in Barber’s ‘Vanessa’.

Other roles performed for the RNCM include Olga in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (2007) and Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (2007). Her other RNCM stage performances include ‘La Cenerentola’, ‘La Rondine’, and ‘The Threepenny Opera’.

Masterclasses: Kathryn has participated in masterclasses with Sir Willard White, Diana Montague, Jane Eaglen, Christine Rice, Rosalind Plowright, Robin Stapelton, Anne Howells and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. In November 2010 Kathryn participated in a public masterclass with Dame Ann Murray at Wigmore Hall, which marked the start of the YCAT and RPS Phillip Langridge mentoring scheme. During 2011 Kathryn became a Samling Scholar and took part in Masterclasses given by John Mark Ainsley and Della Jones.

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