Kitty Whately MEZZO SOPRANO

Kitty Whately is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for the 2013-15 scheme. She recently made her debuts at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in Vasco Mendonça’s The House Taken Over (world premiere) directed by Katie Mitchell, and at the English National Opera in Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress under Martyn Brabbins.

She also returned to English Touring Opera for Dorabella Così fan tutte following her critically acclaimed performances as Rosina Barber of Seville. She has also appeared in the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy as Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, and returned this summer for masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff, and a Beethoven concert under Charles Dutoit. Increasingly in demand on the concert platform, recent engagements include Chansons d'Auvergne and Duruflé Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dream of Gerontius at St John's Smith Square, Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and Christmas Concerts at the Verbier Festival and in Norway.

Highlights in 13/14 season include The House Taken Over in Antwerp, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Bruges, Lisbon and Oslo, Ippolita and Pallade in Cavalli’s Elena (co-production with Aix-en-Provence Festival) in Montpellier and Versailles, Nancy Albert Herring with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Ulster Orchestra, Bach B minor Mass with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Mozart Requiem with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award 2011 and an outstanding interpreter of songs, Kitty Whately has been invited to give recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room (RAH), Leeds Lieder, Buxton Festival and Leighton House. She works with international accompanists such as Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Gary Matthewman and Joseph Middleton.

Her previous appearances as a young artist include Cherubino and Dorabella for RCMIOS, Kate Owen Wingrave for Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival, and Edith in Arne’s Alfred for the Classical Opera Company. She has also sung cover roles in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös' Love and Other Demons for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Idamante Idomeneo for Buxton Festival Opera.

Kitty Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she was awarded the Aldama Scholarship and numerous prizes. She won the 59th Royal Over-seas League Award for Singers in 2011 and was also a finalist at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition 2010.

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