“For me the biggest news of the evening is young Liverpudlian soprano Kathryn Rudge as Annio: her cleanly produced tone, supple musical phrasing, and sensitive colouring of words combine with a vividly attractive stage personality to make something special. It was at Opera North that we first encountered Alice Coote: Kathryn Rudge has the same star potential.”
The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen, ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ Opera North, February 2013
“The stand-out performance is Kathryn Rudge’s deeply felt, endearingly jittery Cherubino.”
***Financial Times, Hannah Nepil, ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ Glyndebourne Touring Opera, November 2012.
“Everyone is raving about this delightful mezzo-soprano who’s taking the English opera houses by storm at the moment. The passion in her voice is incredible, she has pure clarity of diction and a real elegant tone to her singing that allows the words to charm as much as the music. She has, quite simply, a great voice. She was charming, disarming and really rather good indeed. Although apparently nervous, her gentle personality shone through this difficult music and allowed her to showcase the voice that’s been astonishing audiences. She’s also funny, which dissolved her aura of Diva in a comfortable directness that the audience loved.”
“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”.
*** Richard Morrison, The Times April 2012. Wigmore Hall Recital
****”Kathryn Rudge’s Sesto……suggests that she has everything required of an exciting young mezzo: tone, technique and absolute conviction in a pair of trousers.”
15th January 2012, Alfred Hickling The Guardian Reviews Handel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’ – Opera North (Jan – March 2012)
Andrew Clark, 6th October 2011. Financial Times ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ English National Opera. Conductor Paul Daniel Director – Fiona Shaw
“The soloist – the young, fast–rising mezzo soprano from Liverpool, Kathryn Rudge – filled the night air with her beautiful, rich, clear voice.”
“Perfect Pitch” Birkenhead School Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor Vasily Petrenko. Birkenhead School, June 2011
“The mezzo role of Erika was sung by Kathryn Rudge with her mellowest and most lustrous tone. She is a splendid actress and conveyed infallibly Erika’s pent-up feelings, her repressions and the release which comes to her emotionally with Anatol’s arrival, which nevertheless in its turn precipitates her misfortune. She was irresistible in ‘Must the Winter Come So Soon?’ – echt Barber, the Barber of the songs – and one wished it was not over within the first five minutes. Already this charismatic singer, with her immaculate diction, knows how to stir the heart, and one hardly dares to predict what is to come.”
Michael Kennedy, Opera Now Magazine, May 2011 Role of Erika in Barber’s Vanessa, RNCM Vanessa March 2011
“Kathryn Rudge as Carmen was the temptress to silence all temptresses. Her voice; fluid rich and wonderfully coloured is reminiscent of a young Victoria de los Angeles with an intuitive acting style and sheer musicianship to boot.”
Musical Opinion – John Byrne Role of Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen RNCM December 2010