Born in London, Kate Royal studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. Kate was a Joaninha Trust runner-up winner in 2004.
In concert she has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Simon Rattle (BBC Proms and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden), the Bach Akademie Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling, at the Edinburgh Festival/Sir Charles Mackerras, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington)/Rilling, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vassily Petrenko, the Orchestra of La Scala Milan/Myung-Whun Chung, the Los Angeles Philharmonic/Pablo Heras-Casado, the Boston Symphony/Thomas Adès, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Alan Gilbert, Cleveland Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst, Le Concert d’Astree/Emanuelle Haïm, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati, the Philharmonia/Esa-Pekka Salonen, the BBC Symphony/Jiri Belohlavek, the London Philharmonic/Vladimir Jurowski and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic/Nézet-Séguin, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding at the Baltic Sea Festival and the BBC Proms, and both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Bavarian Radio under Rattle. She has appeared in recital throughout Europe and North America.
In opera she has sung Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Micaela (Carmen), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for the Glyndebourne Festival; Pamina for the Baden-Baden Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic and Rattle, the Lucerne Festival with Harding, and the Royal Opera; Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and Governess (The Turn of the Screw) for Glyndebourne on Tour; Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for both the Teatro Real, Madrid and the Glyndebourne Festival; Poppea for English National Opera; Miranda (Ades’ The Tempest) for the Royal Opera; Handel’s L’Allegro for the Paris Opera; and Countess Almaviva for the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Euridice, returning for Micaela.
She has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Manchester Camerata, and Schumann’s Liederkreis with Graham Johnson for Hyperion. In October 2006 she signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics for whom her first solo recording was a musical portrait with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Edward Gardner, followed by 20th century arias (“Midsummer Night”) with the Orchestra of English National Opera and Gardner, and a solo recital disc with Malcolm Martineau (“A Lesson in Love”).
Other featured winners
British bass James Platt studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden his roles there include Caronte Orfeo, Dr Grenvil La Traviata and Blansac in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta. James recently made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as High Priest of Baal Nabucco.
Scottish Mezzo Soprano Katie Coventry is in her final year at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studies with Tim Evans-Jones as the Independent Opera Voice Scholar.
She is an ENO Harewood Artist and recently made her professional début with the company as Edith in Pirates of Penzance.
Kyu Choi is a South Korean Baritone, who graduated from the Korea National University of Arts before taking up a place at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for his Master’s degree which supported by the San Martino Scholarship in 2016.
Rebecca von Lipinski
Rebecca von Lipinski was born in Mansfield and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music‚ supported by the Peter Moores Foundation‚ and at the National Opera Studio in London. Her awards include the Clonter Opera Prize‚ the Audience Prize and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award.
Robyn Allegra Parton
A finalist in the 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and holder of the Helen Clarke Award from Garsington Opera, Robyn Allegra Parton read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, before furthering her studies at the Royal College of Music, London, and completing the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship and ENO’s Opera Works programme.
Will Thomas was born in Harpenden and in 2013 he gained a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMus) and is currently studying under the guidance of John Evans on the Masters Programme at The Guildhall School and will continue his studies on the prestigious Opera Course in September 2018.