“It doesn’t take long (five notes maybe) to hear why people are excited. Her mezzo-soprano voice already has tremendous reserves of power, impeccable intonation, the capacity for a gloriously sustained legato and, most interesting of all, a distinctive vocal quality. The timbre has white-hot intensity that extends undiminished through all of two octaves”.

*** Richard Morrison,  The Times  5th April 2012. Wigmore Hall Recital 2012 

****”Kathryn Rudge’s Sesto……suggests that she has everything required of an exciting young mezzo: tone, technique and absolute conviction in a pair of trousers.”

15th January 2012, Alfred Hickling  The Guardian Reviews Handel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’ – Opera North (Jan – March 2012)

“The star performance comes from Kathryn Rudge’s Cherubino – chaotically sexy, charismatic, totally compelling.”

Andrew Clark, 6th October 2011. Financial Times ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ English National Opera. Conductor Paul Daniel Director – Fiona Shaw 


“The soloist – the young, fast–rising mezzo soprano from Liverpool, Kathryn Rudge – filled the night air with her beautiful, rich, clear voice.”

Perfect Pitch” Birkenhead School Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor Vasily Petrenko. Birkenhead School, June 2011

“The mezzo role of Erika was sung by Kathryn Rudge with her mellowest and most lustrous tone. She is a splendid actress and conveyed infallibly Erika’s pent-up feelings, her repressions and the release which comes to her emotionally with Anatol’s arrival, which nevertheless in its turn precipitates her misfortune. She was irresistible in ‘Must the Winter Come So Soon?’ – echt Barber, the Barber of the songs – and one wished it was not over within the first five minutes. Already this charismatic singer, with her immaculate diction, knows how to stir the heart, and one hardly dares to predict what is to come.”

Michael Kennedy, Opera Now Magazine, May 2011 Role of Erika in Barber’s Vanessa, RNCM Vanessa March 2011

“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   Role of Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen RNCM December 2010

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