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In September 2015 I made my debut in the role of Rosina in the revival of English National Opera’s award-winning production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. 

It was a privilege to return to ENO to perform in Jonathan’s Miller’s elegant and much loved production of this opera. This production has been something of a national institution at ENO – now in its twelfth revival. Transporting audiences back to 18th century Seville, this sunny adventure follows the escapades of the barber Figaro as he assists Count Almaviva to prise Rosina away from her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo.

The Barber of Seville is an opera packed full of wit, with a sparkling score. We had brilliant guidance from the team at ENO led by director Peter Relton and conducted by Christopher Allen. For this revival we had a super young cast and we were delighted to be on stage with the wonderful Baritone Andrew Shore in one of his signature roles as Dr. Bartolo. Performing in the stunning London Coliseum theatre is always such a joy and to hear the audiences laughing so much at the comedy on stage was amazing.


On 19th October 2015 a performance was recorded and broadcast live to cinemas throughout the UK. ENO Screen’s live cinema broadcasts create a unique cinematic experience of opera for audience members across the globe. Multiple HD cameras (which are so discrete in the theatre!) provide unusual angles and close up views of the action on stage and in the orchestra pit.  It was a great feeling knowing that so many people across the country had the opportunity to see the production in this way. I was personally delighted that it was shown back home so lots of friends had the chance to see it and the Mersey Wave Choir members, who I work with in Liverpool, took a coach trip to The Lowry in Manchester. Lots of people there had never seen an opera before but it was brilliant to hear from so many afterwards that they had enjoyed the experience so much!

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.

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Copyright Kathryn Rudge 2019