Love’s Old Sweet Song Kathryn’s debut recital disc Love’s Old Sweet Song with pianist James Baillieu was released in 2015 on the Champs Hill label.
“Whether or not you have any interest in English song, if you like exceptionally thoughtful music-making, this album is for you. Rudge’s voice is golden, rich, and even; her diction crystal clear, and her phrasing superb. Baillieu’s playing is warm and supportive. Outstanding performances of every piece; I loved every minute of it.” American Record Guide
“A whole range of 20th century English song from Novello to Gurney in a finely crafted debut…Kathryn Rudge has a lovely warm yet focussed mezzo-soprano voice and she sings with a combination of line and superb diction.” Robert Hugill
Leoncavallo – Zazà Opera Rara
Maurizio Benini and the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s staggering production of Leoncavallo’s Zazà is an emotional rollercoaster of gripping melodies and high drama. Centering on the story of the French music-hall singer Zazà and her estrangement from her lover Milio, the Italian composer’s poignant opera retains its gravitas in this striking production.
Ermonela Jaho (Zaza); Riccardo Massi (Milio); Stephen Gaertner (Cascart); Patricia Bardon (Anaide); David Stout (Bussy); Nicky Spence (Courtois); Kathryn Rudge (Natalia); Simon Thorpe (Duclou); Fflur Wyn (Floriana); Julia Ferri (Toto); Renato Balsadonna, Chorus Director; BBC Singers, Maurizio Benini – conductor
Bellini – Adelson e Salvini
Bellini’s first opera Adelson e Salvini, written in 1825 while the composer was still a student at the Naples Conservatory. Marking the company’s third complete opera recording by Bellini, following La straniera and Il Pirata, up and coming bel canto specialist Daniele Rustioni leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Daniela Barcellona (Nelly), Simone Alberghini (Lord Adelson), Enea Scala (Salvini), Rodion Pogossov (Colonel Struley), David Soar (Geronio), Kathryn Rudge (Fanny), Leah-Marian Jones (Madama Rivers). Opera Rara Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Daniele Rustioni – conductor
Nyman Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Josep Vincent conductor
Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
Liverpool Philharmonc Youth Orchestra
Commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial 2014, in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool Cathedral
World Premiere Performance September 5 2014 at Liverpool Cathedral Michael Nyman Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial pays tribute to the 96 Liverpool football fans who lost their lives in 1989 and for whom Justice has only recently been served.
Nyman sets the names of the 96 victims to music in the opening movement, ‘The Singing of the Names’, powerfully performed by Liverpool born mezzo-soprano Kathyrn Rudge. The names of the 96 will be included within the booklet notes, along with Michael’s own thoughts on the events leading up to the writing of the music. Josep Vicent conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in this emotionally charged recording.