CATHERINE KING

MEZZOSOPRANO

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Catherine King began her vocal studies as a choral scholar at Trinity College Cambridge followed by a period at the Guildhall in London, and later study with Josephine Veasey. She regularly performs music covering a vast period from the present day back to the 11th century, and in many languages (often with period pronunciation).

She has performed with many of the UKís leading ensembles and orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taverner Consort, Northern Sinfonia, the Nash Ensemble, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Gothic Voices, London Baroque, Fretwork, Singcircle, the New London Consort, Florilegium and the Academy of Ancient Music. She also makes regular festival appearances including at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester, Edinburgh International Festival, the Lufthansa Festival at St Johnís Smith Square and the Bruges Early Music Festival, Belgium.

Well known as a versatile early music specialist, her duo with lutenist Jacob Heringman and the group Virelai seek to bring life to long forgotten music, performing it with a freshness which belies the years since its writing.

Catherine King frequently performs from the full range of great oratorios. As well as works by Handel, Bach and Mozart, she has sung larger scale pieces such as Elgarís Music Makers and Verdiís Requiem. She has recently performed and recorded Handelís Judas Maccabaeus in Germany, Bach arias in Oslo and Lyon, given several performances of Elgarís Dream of Gerontius in Britain, and a series of lute song recitals in the US. She has also recorded and premiered songs written for her by a number of composers, most recently at the Spitalfields Festival in London with a commission by Andrew Keeling. Opera performances include Mercedes (Carmen) and Diane (Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie), the latter under William Christie. In December 2002 she will perform Messiah with Robert King and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

The many CDs she has released during the past five years include the award winning ĎAirs de courí CD for Linn Records, lute songs by Mudarra and MilŠn (ASV), 20th century songs by Barber and a recording of music by Hildegard of Bingen and Jean Catoire (Virgin Classics). Recent recording project have included Bach Mezzo Arias, for Linn Records, and a disc of songs by Verdelot to coincide with concerts at the Wigmore Hall, London.

 

Written by Laurie Stras.

Last updated 21 January, 2002.

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