Scottish mezzo-soprano Katie Coventry, starts the the 2023/24 season with her role debut as Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville at the Salzburg Landestheater. Other roles this season in Salzburg include Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Cecilio Lucio Silla and Daisy Anthropocene.

Last season, Katie made debut at The Royal Danish Opera covering the role of Offred in Paul Ruder’s Handmaid’s Tale. In a season full of debuts, Katie also made her debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra singing the solo line in the Scott of the Antartic Film with orchestra under the baton of Andrew Manze as well as her debut with English Touring Opera singing the role of Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia and covering the role of Sesto in Giulio Cesare. A last minute stand-in, Katie reprised Scott of the Antarctic with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Martyn Brabbins.

In the 2021/22 season, Katie made her debut at Reisoper in the role of Sesto in Giulio Cesare; a production which then transferred to the Handelfestspiele Göttingen. Later that season, Katie made her delayed debut with the Hallé Orchestra as Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly before returning to the Glyndebourne Festival covering Ruggiero in Alcina, stepping in to sing three performances, marking her stage debut with them. Previous cover roles at Glyndebourne include Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte.

In summer 2020, Katie returned to the Salzburg Festspiele singing the role of second maid in Strauss’s Elektra under the direction of Krzysztof Warlikowski and baton of Franz Welser-Möst.

As a previous Harewood Artist, Katie has a close relationship with ENO. She made her ENO début as Edith in Pirates of Penzance and in 2017 made her role début there as Cherubino. Previous roles include cover Offred in Handmaid’s Tale, Second woman in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, the title role of Marnie and Shadow Marnie 2 and Kitchen Boy in Rusalka. The Rusalka production was due to transfer to the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, which would have been Katie’s house debut, however this was unfortunately affected by the pandemic.

During the 2018/19 season, Katie was part of the ensemble at the Salzburger Landestheater. Roles there included Rosette Manon, Doralice La Gazzetta, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina Don Giovanni and in Philip Glass’s The Trial. Other recent engagements include her House debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Jennie Hildebrand in Street Scene, covering the role of Annio for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the second soprano solo in Mozart’s C minor mass, with Sir Roger Norrington and the Camerata Salzburg.

A participant of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singer Project in 2018, Katie is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studied with Tim Evans-Jones as an Independent Opera Voice Scholar. Her roles for RCMIOS include Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Nancy Albert Herring and L’Écureuil and La Chatte L’enfant et les sortilèges. Other roles include Ariodante Ariodante (London Handel Festival), Kate Julian Owen Wingrave, The Fox The Cunning Little Vixen (British Youth Opera), Mazet La Colombe (Opera Danube/ West Green House Opera) and Stephano Roméo et Juliette (Opera Bearwood).

Katie was a finalist for the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition, the winner of the 2017 Joaninha Award and is also an Independent Opera Voice Fellow.

On the concert platform, Katie has performed in such works as the Mozart Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, Duruflé Requiem at Southwark Cathedral, Haydn Nelson Mass at Riga Dom and numerous other oratorio works at St James’ Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Other concert works include Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne and most recently Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Vladimir Jurowski and the RCM Symphony Orchestra.

September 2023