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Adelson e Salvini, Opera Rara

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In April 2016 I returned to Opera Rara in the role of Fanny for the recording of Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini.


Kathryn Rudge Opera Rara


Vincenzo Bellini was one of the most important composers of Italian opera in his time. He was born in 1801 in Catanina, Sicily, to a family already steeped in music; his father and grandfather were both musicians. He began composing before receiving any formal music education. Bellini developed a reputation for fine craftsmanship, particularly in the way he forged an intricate relationship between the music and the libretto.  He wrote Addison e Salvini while he was still a student in Naples. The libretto was written by Andrea Leone Tottola. The opera follows the fortunes of the passionate Italian painter Salvini who falls in love with his patron’s fiancée Nelly. The work made such an impact that it led to Bellini’s first professional commission.

Together with our conductor Daniele Rustioni, we immersed ourselves in a week of rehearsals before moving to the BBC Maida Vale Studios to record the opera with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. On 11th May 2016 we also performed the opera on the stage at the Barbican Centre in London.

The ‘Adelson e Salvini’ recording will be available for purchase on CD and download from March 3rd 2107:

For more information about the fantastic work Opera Rara do in ‘Recovering, restoring, recording and performing the forgotten operatic heritage of the 19th Century’ and for details of their forthcoming projects please visit their website;

Kathryn is an opera singer, concert and song recitalist from Liverpool. Described by What's on Stage as 'One of Britain's brightest young mezzos' and named as The Times 'Rising Star of Classical Music.' Kathryn regularly works with leading singers, instrumentalists, orchestras and ensembles in concerts and broadcasts nationally and internationally.

Kathryn has performed leading opera roles for companies including English National Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North. She has made recordings for Hyperion, Chandos, Somm, Nyman Records and her debut CD 'Love's Old Sweet Song' was released by Champs Hill Records. Kathryn was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2015-17.

Kathryn trained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying voice with Susan Roper and piano with Naomi Kayayan. Her many awards include the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Richard Strauss, Susan Chilcott Scholarship and The Joaninah Trust Award. Kathryn is an Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music and teaches singing at The University of Manchester.

Kathryn co-founded Mersey Wave Music Choir in 2012 in her home city of Liverpool and was recipient of the Merseyside Woman of the Year Arts Award in 2016. Kathryn has a passion for championing and supporting live music making within community and healthcare settings; especially to support staff, patients and relatives throughout healthcare. In loving memory of her parents who were both cancer patients.

Read More here: Music and Cancer


Copyright Kathryn Rudge 2019