British mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Mother/Other Mother in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline at the Barbican.
Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School. She won the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 59th Royal Overseas League Award, and was a BBC New Generation Artist 2013–15. Her opera appearances include Nancy (Albert Herring) for the Grange Festival, Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Aix-en-Provence Festival. Bergen National Opera and in Beijing, a European tour of Vasco Mendonça’s The House Taken Over in a production by Katie Mitchell, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Stewardess (Dove’s Flight) for Opera Holland Park, Kate Julian (Owen Wingrave) for Opéra National de Lorraine, Eurydice (Orfeo) for English National Opera at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Sesto (Giulio Cesare) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) for English Touring Opera.
In concert, Whately has sung with most of the UK’s major orchestras, in repertory including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, Ravel’s Shéhérazade (also recording) and Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne. She has given recitals at festivals including Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Leeds Lieder and Buxton and at venues including the Wigmore Hall. Her recordings include the solo albums This Other Eden and Nights not spent alone. The latter, of works by Jonathan Dove, includes a song cycle written for her.