Katie Coventry Ⓒ Marshall Light Studio


Scottish mezzo-soprano Katie Coventry, starts the 2023/24 season with her role début as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Salzburger Landestheater. Other roles this season in Salzburg include Prinz Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Cecilio Lucio Silla and Daisy Anthropocene.

Last season, Katie made her début at The Royal Danish Opera covering the role of Offred in Paul Ruder’s Handmaid’s Tale. In a season full of débuts, Katie also made her début 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 in Egitto. 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 début at Nederlanse Reisopera in the role of Sesto Giulio Cesare in Egitto; a production which then transferred to the Handelfestspiele Göttingen. Later that season, Katie made her delayed début with the Hallé Orchestra as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly before returning to the Glyndebourne Festival covering Ruggiero in Alcina, stepping in to sing three performances, marking her stage début with them. Previous cover roles at Glyndebourne include Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Annio in La clemenza di Tito.

In summer 2020, Katie returned to the Salzburger Festspiele singing the role of Zweite Magd 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 The Handmaid’s Tale, Second Woman/Second Fury in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, covering the title role of Marnie whilst singing Shadow Marnie 2 and Kitchen Boy in Rusalka. The Rusalka production was due to transfer to the Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, which would have been Katie’s house début, 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, Dorabella Così fan tutti and in Washerwoman/Frau Graubach Philip Glass’ The Trial. Other recent engagements include her House début at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Jennie Hildebrand in Street Scene and the Second Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s C minor mass, with Sir Roger Norrington and the Camerata Salzburg.

Katie Coventry Ⓒ Marshall Light Studio

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 Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Vladimir Jurowski and the RCM Symphony Orchestra.

Cara Speme

Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Händelfestspiele Göttingen, 2022

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