Katie Bird - Soprano

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Originally from Bearsted, British soprano Katie Bird began her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Patricia MacMahon, followed by a further year at the Royal Academy of Music.  In 2013, she won a place at the prestigious National Opera Studio in London, where she was generously supported by English National Opera.  She now studies with one of the world’s leading classical voice teachers, Paul Farrington.

Since completing her year at the National Opera Studio, Katie has gone on to make her debuts with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Northern Ireland Opera and Opera North, with roles including The Governess in a revival of Oliver Mears’ production of The Turn of the Screw (Northern Ireland Opera), and Masha and Chloe in David Alden’s new production of The Queen of Spades (ENO).  A regular face at Opera North, she has sung Nedda I Pagliacci, Hanna Glawari The Merry WidowSuor Osmina Suor Angelica, and Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, as well as understudying Liu TurandotCio Cio San Madama Butterfly and the title role in Suor Angelica.

Other operatic engagements include Adina The Elixir of LoveMimi La Boheme (Nevill Holt Opera), 1st Witch Macbeth (Scottish Opera), Mimi La Boheme (Longborough Opera Festival), the title role in Madama Butterfly for West Green House Opera, The Governess The Turn of the Screw and Nedda I Pagliacci (Opera Up Close), Clarice Il Mondo della Luna (Opera East), Dido Dido and AeneasCountess Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro (Armonico Consort), and covers of Cio Cio San Madama ButterflyLiza The Queen of SpadesMimi La Boheme, Tatyana Eugene Onegin, and Antigone in the world premiere of Thebans (ENO).

Equally comfortable on the concert platform, Katie is a keen recitalist and is a Samling Foundation Scholar.  Her recent oratorio and concert engagements include Verdi Requiem (Highgate Choral Society and Lakeland Opera), Brahms Requiem (Scottish Opera Orchestra), Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise and Psalm 42, Dvorak Te Deum, Fauré Requiem, Mozart Coronation Mass, Beethoven Symphony no. 9, Poulenc Gloria, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Stravinsky Mass and Bartok Three Village Scenes (all with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins and broadcast on BBC Radio 3).  She was also recently a guest soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Leeds Castle.

She has recently sung the title role in Madama Butterfly for West Green House Opera, as well as Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow for Opera North.  She returned to Opera North last autumn to sing a critically-acclaimed Mimi in the revival of their production of La Boheme.

This summer she sings Suzel L’amico Fritz in a new production for Opera Holland Park.

Reviews of Katie Bird to follow.