Kathryn Rudge

2011 Susan Chilcott Scholar

Awarded: funding for further studies/career development

Kathryn is from Liverpool and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. She is currently represented by the Young Classical Artists Trust. During 2011 Kathryn made her professional opera debut with English National Opera in the role of Cherubino in their production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Kathryn’s national awards include BBC Fame Academy and Kathleen Ferrier Bursaries, a Yamaha MFE Scholarship, Bruce Millar/Gullivar and Clonter Opera Prizes, MBF Sybil Tutton and Worshipful Company of Musicans (WCOM) silver medal/Allcard Awards. RNCM successes include the Frederic Cox and Joyce & Michael Kennedy Strauss prizes together with the Annie Ridyard, Amanda Roocroft and Bridgitte Fassbaender awards. In 2010 Kathryn was a semi-finalist in BBC Radio 2’s Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Opera Prize performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In 2011 she won the WCOM audience Prince’s Prize, the intercollegiate Joaninha Prize and became a Samling Scholar.
Kathryn has performed for the RNCM in the principal roles of Erika, (Barber’s ‘Vanessa’), Carmen (Bizet’s ‘Carmen’), Annio (Mozart’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito’), Cherubino (Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’), Olga (Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’) and Helene (Offenbach’s ‘La Belle Helene’) together with Ariodante (Handel’s ‘Ariodante’) in excerpts. Concert appearances include numerous performances with the RLPO and conductors Carl Davis CBE, and Vasily Petrenko, ‘Beethoven’s Symphony No 9’ at the Royal Festival Hall with Conductor Paul Daniel, ‘The Armed Man’ with Manchester Camerata, Mahler’s ‘Fahrenden Gesellen’ with the RNCM Chamber and Wimbledon Symphony Orchestras, Hesketh/Berio songs with RLPO Ensemble 10/10 and Conductor Clark Rundell, Mahler’s ‘Das Knaben Wunderhorn’ and Copland songs at Bridgewater Hall and Vaughan Williams’ Five Tudor Portraits with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor John Wilson.
Future engagements include the role of Sesto in Opera North’s production of Handel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’, a YCAT recital at Wigmore Hall and the role of Cherubino in Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s production of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’.


(Updated November 2011)

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