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Marriage of Figaro – Performances

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Roland Wood as Count Almaviva, Kathryn Rudge as Cherubino, Iain Paterson as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, performed by English National Opera


The final performance of the 2011 run of Fiona’s Shaw’s production at the ‘Marriage of Figaro’ on the London Coliseum took place on 10th November and marked the tenth performance.

What an amazing journey from rehearsal to stage – I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity and experience of making my professional opera debut for English National Opera in the role of Cherubino.

On the eve of the opening night of the production I had a wonderful time going along to BBC Radio 3 to an interview with Sean Rafferty where I made my ‘In Tune’ debut singing Cherubino’s arias! It was a lovely opportunity to provide listeners with an insight into the preparations for the production and to share some of the excitement – knowing opening night was just around the corner.

From the first to the last performance it was an incredible experience to be a part of such a large scale production which had been developed by director Fiona Shaw, CBE who was so supportive of us all and in attendance for the performances.

Each night before the performances, the cast and conductor Paul Daniel gathered for a run through of all of the recit in the production – essential to keeping us ‘on our (revolving) toes!’ The transformations into our characters began with costumes and wigs/makeup. (Ensuring Cherubino’s moustache was on straight was always a crucial moment!) – All of this happening amongst the good luck wishes and vocal warm ups until the ‘Beginners calls’ to stage. Once I stepped foot on stage, it was always difficult for me to resist a sneaky peak into the auditorium before the start of the overture to see the audience taking their seats – such a special sight in the beautiful Coliseum.

The Marriage of Figaro

Curtain Call with Timothy Robinson (Basilio) and Mary Bevan (Barbarina)


It was a great pleasure to be a part of such a popular piece as Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and to be stood in Cherubino’s long-johns! It was an honour to work with such a great team at ENO and thank you to everyone who shared, supported and made it all so special!

Kathryn x


Kathryn is a critically acclaimed professional opera singer, concert artist 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 now an Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music.

Kathryn co-founded Mersey Wave Music in 2012 in her home city of Liverpool and was recognised for her serivces to the community with a Merseyside Woman of the Year Award in 2016 with a passion for championing live music and education, encouraging and developing music participation opportunities for people of any age, from all backgrounds in all circumstances.

Kathryn recently toured as ‘Zerlina’ in Mozart’s opera ‘Don Giovanni’ with Opera North and sang ‘The Angel’ in Elgar’s ‘Dream of Gerontius’ for Easter at King’s College Cambridge broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

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