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Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Catherine Wyn-Rogers in action.
Catherine Wyn-Rogers in Peter Grimes, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2011

British mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers made her Royal Opera debut in 1989 as Schwertleite (Die Walküre). Her roles since have included Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Mrs Sedley and Auntie (Peter Grimes), First Norn (Götterdämmerung), Erda (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Sosostris (The Midsummer Marriage), Voice of Lucrezia (Palestrina), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Spirit of Antonia’s mother (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande). She has performed Song of the Earth for The Royal Ballet. In the 2014/15 Season she returns to sing Mary (Der fliegende Holländer).

Wyn-Rogers studied at the Royal College of Music. She sings for leading companies and houses including Bavarian State Opera, Teatro Comunale, Florence, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, La Scala, Milan, Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival. Her repertory includes Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Adelaide (Arabella), Mrs Herring (Albert Herring), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia) and Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw).

Wyn-Rogers enjoys a prolific concert career, including appearances with all the major British orchestras, with period ensembles including The English Concert, the Academy of Ancient Music and The Sixteen, and at the Three Choirs, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals and the BBC Proms. She has sung in recital at the Wigmore Hall among many other venues. Her many recordings range from Handel’s Samson and Messiah with Harry Christophers to Poulenc songs with Malcolm Martineau. She lives in Gloucestershire, where she is active in local music.

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