Role of Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen RNCM December 2010 

“The mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge is already building a shining career.  Her rich   and flexible tone, clear diction and magnetic stage presence are ideal   equipment.  The elegance of her singing avoided any vulgar excesses such as this   role easily attracts, yet she brought sultry passion and intensity to the   Habanera and to the Card Song. If this Carmen guessed her fate, she kept it to   herself.  Every Carmen I have heard has found her own way into the character and   Rudge is too fine and intelligent a singer not to develop the role at each   encounter.”

Opera Magazine – Michael Kennedy, Feb 2011

“One of the college’s best opera performances in years.”

Musical Opinion – John Byrne

“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

“The real star of any performance of Bizet’s  opera is the singer of the eponymous role …by the Seguedille Miss Rudge was  well into the role with both her singing and acting being first rate….and in  Act Four,her singing was exemplary in colour   tone and expression in conveying the fraught drama of Carmen’s nature  and situation.”

Seen and Heard Opera  Review – Robert J Farr

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