The Times New Face in Classical Music

The Times New Face in Classical Music

National Newspaper The Times: Classical Music New Face 2012

Saturday 31st December 2011 – The Times Newspaper

Kathryn has been listed by national newspaper The Times as the new face in Classical Music to look out for in 2012.

The Times critics choose their ‘rising stars of 2012’ across the genres of books, pop, tv, comedy, dance, film, visual art, and theatre. Kathryn has been listed as the New face of Classical Music.

The Times’ Chief Music Critic, Richard Morrison, writes;

“Pop singers can rise in a flash; the operatic route to the top is usually far slower. But Rudge seems to have a magic short-cut. Only 25 and fresh out of Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, the pint-sized blonde mezzo soprano walked straight into a big Mozart role at English National Opera: Cherubino, the lovestruck adolescent boy in Fiona Shaw’s frenetic staging of The Marriage of Figaro…

…Now, scarcely pausing for breath, Rudge is up in Leeds rehearsing for Opera North’s new staging of Handel’s Julius Cesare in which she plays another bloke, Sesto…

In fact, none of this is as unexpected as outsiders may think. At the Royal Northern Rudge caught the eye and ear as a feisty Carmen. Then last spring she won the Joaninha Trust award, an annual contest for which each conservatoire in Britain sleects one outstanding singing student to compete… Nevertheless, the speed of Rudge’s rise is exceptional.”

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