Liverpool born mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge was featured as the new face of classical music in ‘The Times Rising Stars of 2012′. She made her much praised professional opera debut in 2011 as an ENO Young Artist at the London Coliseum in the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and was also ‘Debutante of the Month‘ in the International Opera Now Magazine. In 2012 she made her debut with Opera North in the role of Sesto in Handel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’ to critical acclaim and 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’. During 2013 she performed in the role of Annio in Opera North’s production of Mozart’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito’. Kathryn is represented by the international artists management agency Ingpen and Williams.
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 voice and piano on a Saturday in more depth . 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 which represents the pinnacle of achievement in performance at the College and is 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 with the distinguished mezzo soprano Ann Murray, DBE.
THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: Kathryn has had a longstanding relationship with the RLPO (her home town orchestra!) . 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
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.
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.
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, Della Jones and Paul Farrington.
In 2013 Kathryn will perform for Opera North in the role of Annio in Mozart’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito and Hermia in Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She will perform in recital at Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead and at Bridgewater Hall in concert with Sir Willard White. Concert appearances also include the Armed Man with Conductor Karl Jenkins with the Manchester Concert Orchestra, concerts with the Fron Male Voice Choir and a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Leeds Festival Choir and Orchestra of Opera North.