Born in London, KATE ROYAL studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Her many awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award.
In concert Royal has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle (BBC Proms and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden), the Bach Akademie Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling, at the Edinburgh Festival with Sir Charles Mackerras, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) under Rilling, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vassily Petrenko, the Orchestra of La Scala Milan and Myung-Whun Chung, and the Berlin Philharmonic under both William Christie and Rattle. She has appeared in recital throughout Europe and North America.
Royal has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Manchester Camerata and Schumann’s Liederkreis (for Hyperion) with Graham Johnson. In 2006 she signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics, and her first solo recording with Edward Gardner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was issued in the summer of 2007. Her second disc, entitled Midsummer Night, will be released on June 2, 2009.
In opera she has sung Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for the Glyndebourne Festival 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 the English National Opera, Miranda (Ades’ The Tempest) for the Royal Opera; Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato for the Paris Opera, Micaëla (Carmen) for the Glyndebourne Festival; and Countess Almaviva for the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Royal’s 2008/09 season and future concert engagements include the Berlin Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Bavarian Radio under Rattle, Le Concert d’Astree under Emanuelle Haim, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Pablo Heras-Casado, and Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski at the Salzburg Festival. Her future operatic engagements include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for the Glyndebourne Festival, Pamina and Micaëla with the Bavarian State Opera, and Pamina and Anne Trulove for the Royal Opera.