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Katy Bingham-Best

Voice Type:

Contralto

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Mamma Lucia
Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni)
Kentish Opera
2018
Annina
La Traviata (Verdi)
Kentish Opera
2017
Alto soloist
The Magic of Kentish Opera Gala (Various)
Kentish Opera
2016
Marthe Schwertlein
Faust (Gounod)
Kentish Opera
2015
Tonia - aka Tonio
I Paglicacci (Leoncavallo)
Irrational Theatre
2016
Zita
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Irrational Theatre
2016
Hata
The Bartered Bride (Smetana)
Kentish Opera
2014
Isabella
L'italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
London Opera Players
2008
Filipyevna
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Heritage Opera
2006
Marcellina
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Threestone
2005
Miss Baggott
The Little Sweep (Britten)
St Aloysius College, London
2004
Bradamante
Alcina (Handel)
Llantilio-Crossenny Festival
2003
Carmen
Carmen (Bizet)
Opera Box
2003
Isabella
L'italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
London Opera Players
2002
Mamma Lucia
Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni)
Kentish Opera
2001
Ulrica
Un ballo in maschera (Verdi)
Riverside Opera
2001
Third Lady/ Third Boy
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Pegasus Opera
2000
Meg Page
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai)
St Albans Chamber Opera
2000
Mistress Quickly
Falstaff (Verdi)
London Opera Players
2000
Malcolm
La Donna del Lago (Rossini)
St John's Smith Square
2000
Rosina
The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Opera South East
1999
Arnalta
Coronation of Poppea (Monteverdi)
St Albans Chamber Opera
1999
Ninetta
Les Vepres Sicilienes (Verdi)
Queen Elizabeth Hall
1999
Mother
A Childhood Miracle (Ned Rorem)
London 20
1998
Preziosilla
La forza del destino (Verdi)
Candid Opera
1997
Mother and Dragonfly
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel)
Curious Opera Group
1997
Norah Walsh
A Child of the Jago (Shirley Thompson)
Purcell Room
1997
Maddalena
Rigoletto (Verdi)
Opera & Concert Productions Ltd
1996
La Maestra delle Novizie
Suor Angelica (Puccini)
Broomhill Opera
1995
Third Lady
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Brandon Hill Opera
1995
Marcellina
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
English Pocket Opera Company
1995

Operetta/G&S

Alto soloist
Gilbert & Sullivan extracts (Gilbert & Sullivan, Noel Coward, Various)
Saga Cruise along the Rhine
2018
Ruth
Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)
St Albans Chamber Opera
2017
Katisha
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
St Albans Chamber Opera
2015
Praskowia/Margot
The Merry Widow (Lehár)
Kentish Opera
2015
Queen Elizabeth
Merrie England (Edward German)
Maldon Choral Society
2014
Katisha
The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Maldon Choral Society
2012
Little Buttercup
HMS Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Kentish Opera
2011
Dame Carruthers
The Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert & Sullivan)
St Albans Chamber Opera
2011
Adele Strauss
Romance in Vienna (Johann Strauss)
London Opera Productions
2005
Phoebe
The Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Somerset Opera
2004
Lady Blanche
Princess Ida (Gilbert&Sullivan)
The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company
2003
Little Buttercup
HMS Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan)
The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company
2003

Musical Theatre

Madame Armfeldt
A Little Night Music (Stephen Sondheim)
Irrational Theatre
2017

Oratorio/Concerts

Alto Soloist.
Requiem (Mozart)
Halstead Choral Society
2018
Alto solo + Chorus
Gloria and Magnificat (Antonio Vivaldi)
Halstead Choral Society
2017
Alto soloist
Mass in Eb (Schubert)
Halstead Choral Society
2017
Alto Soloist
Missa Brevis K 275 (Mozart)
Halstead Choral Society
2017
Alto soloist for conducting workshop
Cantata 54 (Bach)
Independent
2016
Alto soloist
Mass in C (Beethoven)
Havering Singers
2016
Alto soloist
Harmoniemesse (Haydn)
Havering Singers
2016
Alto soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Islington Choral Society
2016
Alto soloist
Magnificat (CPE Bach)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2015
Alto soloist
Requiem (Michael Haydn)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2015
Alto soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Islington Choral Society
2014
Alto soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Halstead Choral Society
2014
Alto soloist
Miserere (Allegri)
Halstead Choral Society
2014
Alto soloist
The Music Makers (Elgar)
Islington Choral Society
2013
Alto soloist
St John Passion (Bach)
Islington Choral Society
2013
Alto soloist
Messiah (Handel)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2012
Alto soloist
Israel In Egypt (Handel)
Islington Choral Society
2012
Guest Soloist
The Armed Man (Karl Jenkins)
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
2012
Alto soloist
Paukenmesse (Haydn)
Islington Choral Society
2012
Alto soloist
Harmoniemesse (Haydn)
Maldon Choral Society
2012
Alto soloist
Stabat Mater (Dvorak)
Islington Choral Society
2011
Alto soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2010
Alto soloist
Solemn Vespers (Mozart)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2010
Alto soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2010
Alto soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Islington Choral Society
2009
Alto soloist
Stabat Mater (Dvorak)
The Festival Chorus
2009
Guest Soloist
Arias and songs (Various)
Met Police Male Voice Choir at Barbican
2008
Alto soloist
Sea Pictures (Elgar)
Barnes Choir
2006
Alto soloist
The Music Makers (Elgar)
Barnes Choir
2006
Alto soloist
Christmas Oratorio (Bach)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2005
Alto soloist
Serenade to Music (Vaughan Williams)
Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir
2004
Alto soloist
Mass in C (Beethoven)
Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir
2003
Alto soloist
Magnificat (Bach)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2003
Alto soloist
St John Passion (Bach)
St John of Jersualem Festival Chorus
2003
Alto soloist
Lauda alla Nativita (Respighi)
Malcom Sargent Festival Choir
2002
Alto soloist
St Matthew Passion (Bach)
St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
2000

Discography

Soloist
Tree time - a CD of tree-themed songs (Various)
Independent
2018

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Katy Bingham-Best as Katisha - March 2015

Katy Bingham-Best as Katisha - St Albans Chamber Opera March 2015. With Tom Kennedy as KoKo

Katy Bingham-Best with Islington Choral Society

• “Katy Bingham-Best sang the role of devoted servant Annina convincingly. An experienced performer, her every gesture and facial expression showed just how a Comprimario part can add so much to a performance” – Seen and Heard International on Annina in ‘La Traviata’ “ (2017)

• “It was generally well-paced with Katy Bingham-Best playing the Italian Girl of the title, singing with a most seductively firm and rich tone” – Exeter Express and Echo on Isabella in 'The Italian Girl in Algiers' (2002)

• “a comically zestful Arnalta” – Opera Magazine

• “crystal clear diction, a fine range and superb control were obvious results of her operatic training” – Grimsby Evening Telegraph on a lunchtime concert

• “Her delightful Marcellina, a deftly physical performance with comic playing worth of Joyce Grenfell” – Opera Magazine

• “Katy Bingham-Best was again the thrilling soloist” – Richmond and Twickenham Times on Elgar’s ‘Music Makers’

• “Katy’s performance accentuated the beauty of the settings, especially in the ever popular ‘Where corals lie.’ “ – Richmond and Twickenham Times on ‘Sea Pictures’

• “The Merry Wives are well cast as Katy Bingham-Best uses her superb contralto to good effect” – The Stage – on Mistress Quickly in ‘Falstaff’

• “The soloists were joined to good effect by mezzo Katy Bingham-Best who excelled throughout this bright and breezy work.” – St Alban’s Observer on Beethoven’s Mass in C

Katy Bingham-Best made her professional debut as Carmen on tour with Co-Opera. She later repeated the role for Opera Box in theatres throughout the UK.

Her other roles include Isabella in Rossini’s ‘Italian Girl in Algiers’, Rosina in ‘Barber of Seville,’ Bradamante in ‘Alcina,’ Malcolm in ‘La Donna del Lago,’ Ulrica in ‘A Masked Ball,’ Miss Baggott in ‘The Little Sweep,’ Florence Pike in ‘Albert Herring,’ Mistress Quickly in ‘Falstaff’ , Meg Page in ‘the Merry Wives of Windsor,’ Suzuki in ‘Madam Butterfly,’ Dame Carruthers in ‘Yeomen of the Guard’, Katisha in ‘The Mikado, Queen Elizabeth in ‘Merrie England’ and Filipyevna in ‘Eugene Onegin’

She appeared in two Opera North productions and toured the Middle and Far East as Maddalena in ‘Rigoletto.’ In Zimbabwe she played Third Lady in ‘Magic Flute’ for Pegasus Opera, and played La Maestra della Novizie in ‘Suor Angelica,’ directed by Simon Callow and broadcast on Classic FM.

At Buxton Opera House she played Lady Blanche in ‘Princess Ida’ and Buttercup in ‘HMS Pinafore,’ for the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.

She has also performed as an oratorio soloist throughout Britain and at major London venues such as Southwark Cathedral, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s Smith Square.

Katy made her Cadogan Hall debut for Islington Choral Society's 40th birthday celebrations as the soloist in Elgar’s ‘The Music Makers, and among other appearances for the Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir, was guest soloist at the choir's annual Barbican concert.

With her wide-ranging repertoire, Katy has appeared frequently with entertainment groups such as Cameo Opera and Not Pavarotti, performing a huge variety of arias and extracts from opera, operetta and song at dinners, clubs and other functions.

She has also given many recitals in recent years such as at the Soundbites series in Hertford, lunchtime concerts in Colchester and Maldon, and for Southend Italian Circle.

With a developing specialism in character roles, recent highlights include Zita in 'Gianni Schicchi' at the Arcola Theatre's Grimeborn Festival, being a featured soloist in The Magic of Kentish Opera Gala, playing Ruth in a sold-out run of 'Pirates of Penzance' for St Albans Chamber Opera, and Madame Armfeldt in 'A Little Night Music' for Irrational Theatre.

Katy's first CD, Tree time - a collection of tree themed songs - was launched at the 60 Trees art exhibition in Ullacombe Farm Barn, Bovey Tracey in May.

This summer she was a guest musician on a Gilbert and Sullivan cruise down the Rhine and has just reprised the role of Tonia (aka Tonio) in 'I Pagliacci' for Irrational Theatre at the Kings Head, Islington. Other forthcoming engagements include a G&S Concert, Dame Hannah in 'Ruddigore' for St Albans Chamber Opera and a recital at the Astor Theatre, Deal.

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