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Katherine Aitken

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Cherubino
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
English Touring Opera
2018
Valetto
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Studio Opéra de Lyon
2017
Fortuna
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Studio Opéra de Lyon
2017
Pippetto
Viva la Mamma! (Donizetti)
Opéra de Lyon
2017
Caligola
L'Agrippina (Porpora)
Barber Opera
2017
Tisbe
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
Opéra de Lyon
2017
L'enfant
L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel)
Studio Opéra de Lyon
2016
Cretan Woman
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Garsington Opera
2016
Alto soloist
The Creation (English) (Haydn)
Garsington Opera
2016
Mezzo Chorus
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Garsington Opera
2016
Mezzo Chorus
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Garsington Opera
2016
Stepmother
May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Royal Academy Opera
2016
Pinocchio
The Adventures of Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove)
Royal Academy Opera
2016
Cherubino
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal Academy Opera
2015
Zita
Gianni Schicci (Puccini)
Westminster Opera
2015
Mrs Kneebone
A Dinner Engagement (Lennox Berkeley)
Royal Academy Opera
2015
Mother Goose
The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)
Royal Academy Opera
2015
Annio
La clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Royal Academy Opera
2015
La Ciesca
Gianni Schicci (Puccini)
Royal Academy Opera
2014
La suora infermiera
Suor Angelica (Puccini)
Royal Academy Opera
2014
Siebel
Faust (Gounod)
Clonter Opera
2014
Suzy /Lollette
La rondine (Puccini)
Iford Opera
2014

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Lymington Christmas Concert

Robert Workman

Independant Opera Vocal Scholar (2015)

Robertson Trust Scholar (2015)

Wiseman Prize Winner (Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust) (2015)

Robertson Trust Scholar (2014)

Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust Scholar (2014)

'Dans le rôle de l’Enfant, la mezzo écossaise Katherine Aitken est dotée d’un physique idéal et s’avère fort bien chantante : elle offre un poétique « Toi, le cœur de rose », avant un très touchant appel final, « Maman ! ».' (Emmanuel Andrieu, La Lettre du Musicien) (2016)

'Dans le rôle de l’enfant, la mezzo Katherine Aitken, qui a déjà une solide expérience (de Mozart à l’opéra contemporain), se démarque par sa vaillance, un timbre bien projeté et une androgynie vocale des plus efficace.' (Jean-François Lattarico, Classiquenews) (2016)

'Katherine Aitken, très adaptée au rôle, campe le sale gosse avec enthousiasme et expressivité.' (Beate Langenbruch, Bachtrack) (2016)

'La mezzo-soprano Katherine Aitken est un Enfant convaincant, à la fois débordante d’énergie et émouvante, notamment lors du chant suivant le départ de la Princesse.' (Emmanuel Deroeux, Olyrix) (2016)

'L'Enfant de Katherine Aitken possède, en plus d’une vraie présence scénique, une diction fabuleuse, et elle forme avec la voix légère de Rocio Pérez un passionnant duo, dans la scène de la Princesse. Lorsqu’arrive l’air fameux « Toi, le cœur de la rose », on se laisse saisir par la mélancolie ; l’évocation de l’apparition trop brève de la Princesse se conclut par l’envol, à l’écran, d’un simple cheveu d’or.' (Joseph Thirouin, ResMusica) (2016)

'Every moment of her performance, whether musically or acting, alive to the moment' (Mark Berry, Boulezian) (2015)

'I hope Katherine Aitken won't be offended if I observe that she makes one of the most convincingly boyish Cherubinos I've seen, channelling the teenager's adolescent fervour and social clumsiness with a performance that was fleet-footed and energetically sung' (Matthew Rye, Bachtrack) (2015)

'Katherine Aitken, with her smooth, tangy mezzo, inhabited the music and trousers of Cherubino as if they had been tailor-made for her' (Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine) (2015)

'A young singer with a beautiful tone' (Robert Beale, Manchester Theatre Awards) (2014)

Advanced Diploma in Opera (Royal Academy Opera)
Royal Academy of Music
2014–2016
Master of Arts
Royal Academy of Music
2012–2014
BMus Hons
Royal College of Music
2008–2012

Scottish mezzo-soprano Katherine Aitken is an honours graduate of the Royal College of Music, London. She has also a completed her Master of Arts (awarded a DipRAM for excellence) and Advanced Diploma in Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied with Kathleen Livingstone and Gareth Hancock. During her time at the Royal Academy of Music, she was a member of the Academy Song Circle and a Kohn Foundation Bach scholar.

Katherine’s recent operatic experience includes Tisbe in La Cenerentola by Rossini and Pippetto in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma! for Opéra de Lyon and Caligola (L'Agrippina, Porpora) for Barber Opera. After completing her formal education, Katherine was a member of the Studio Opéra de Lyon where she performed the roles of L'Enfant in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges and Valetto in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Whilst at RAM, Katherine also sung the roles of Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Mrs Kneebone in Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement. She also sung in numerous opera scenes including Annio in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and the title role in Jonathan Dove's Adventures of Pinocchio. Other operatic roles include Siebel in Faust by Gounod with Clonter Opera, Cretan Woman (cover) in Mozart's Idomeneo and Alto Soloist in Haydn's Creation for Garsington Opera.

On the concert platform, notable performances include Tippett’s A Child of our Time in Salisbury Cathedral, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Mahler's 2nd Symphony at the Royal Academy of Music.

Upcoming engagements include Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart) for English Touring Opera and Tisbe (La Cenerentola, Rossini) for Opéra de Lyon in the Edinburgh International Festival.

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