Catherine King mezzo soprano
Catherine King is acknowledged as one of the most versatile mezzo-sopranos of her generation with a huge repertoire.
She has performed with many of the UK's leading ensembles and orchestras including the Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Chamber Orchestra, Florilegium, Fretwork, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Gothic Voices, London Baroque, the Nash Ensemble, the New London Consort and the Taverner Consort. She also makes frequent appearances at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lufthansa and Three Choirs Festivals. She has sung Messiah with the Hallé and the Verdi Requiem with the CBSO, whilst her international engagements have included the Christmas Oratorio with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, The Dream of Gerontius in Warsaw, Messiah with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, The Fairy Queen for the Coro della Radio Svizzera and Il Tramonto with the Israel Camerata.
Her numerous recordings include the highly acclaimed Forgotten Arias of a Venetian Master - Arie Serie by Galuppi, with Il Canto di Orfeo on Avie, which was selected as a Gramophone Editor's Choice CD for January 2007, Bach Arias with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra on Linn, and Judas Maccabaeus from the Maulbronn Festival on K & K. Catherine King was recently selected for inclusion in EMI's The Record of Singing.
Catherine King's operatic engagements have included Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor for Iford Arts, Vitige Flavio with the Early Opera Company, Ernesto Il mondo della luna for Opera Della Luna, La Speranza L'Orfeo for the English Bach Festival, Annina Der Rosenkavalier in concert with Nicholas Braithwaite and Filipyevna Eugene Onegin for Longborough Festival Opera.
Recent and forthcoming engagements include a major tour with the Israel Camerata singing Dido Dido and Aeneas, Grimgerde Die Walküre for Longborough Festival Opera, Arias by Handel and Galuppi at the International Festival of Chamber Music, Genova, St Matthew Passion in Norway, Samson at the Brighton Early Music Festival, Scottish 20th /21st Century Recital for the European Festival of Lieder in Warsaw, Cecilia MacDowall's Laudate at the Presteigne Festival, Bryn Harrison's Surface Forms with Australian contemporary group ELISION in London and on CD, and Ståle Kleiberg's Requiem in Germany.
'Catherine King is anything but the anaemic thin-voiced creature one sometimes associates with the baroque. Hers is a large vibrant voice with superb technique, wide range and an almost animal intensity in the more forceful music. She can also achieve a beautifully soft effect when in lyrical mood.' Musicweb International
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'A fascinating release.'more >>Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
„Es darf als Reverenz an die mittelalterliche Tradition verstanden werden und zugleich an dieses herausragende Ensemble. Wie das Drama der Kreuzigung hier von innen her durchleuchtet wird, im Zusammenklang der klar und transparent geführten Stimmen, ist ergreifend; darin liegt auch ein mystischer Kern."more >>Andrew Benson-Wilson
'The four singers of Gothic Voices produce an exceptionally good consort sound as well as impressing in their various solo roles...[a] beautiful recording.'more >>Fanfare
'Highly recommended.'more >>