British mezzo-soprano Katie Bray has fast established herself as an artist to watch and consistently earns praise for her outstanding stage presence and vocal performances.
Her recent roles for Opera North include Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Varvara in Janacek’s Katya Kabanova , Louis XV Chair/Female Cat/Owl in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Lola in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, and Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring. She has also sung for Welsh National Opera (Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni), English National Opera (Daughter in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten and Joanna Lee’s The Way Back Home), Scottish Opera (Lucilla in Rossini’s La scala di seta), Garsington Opera (Zulma in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and Zaida in his Il turco in Italia) and Opera Holland Park (Mallika Delibes’s Lakmé). She recently performed in Effigies of Wickedness, a staged cabaret of songs banned by the Nazis at the Gate Theatre, London, in collaboration with ENO.
She is at home on the concert platform, has performed in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and the Holywell Music Room, and appears regularly in the London English Song Festival and at the Oxford Lieder Festival. Recent highlights include Handel’s Messiah with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach’s St John Passion with Rachel Podger and debuts with the Orchestre Chambre de Paris and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra. She is particularly noted for baroque repertoire and has appeared with Barokksolistene and Bjarte Eike, Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner, La Nuova Musica, Ludus Baroque, Spira Mirabilis and at the London Handel Festival with Laurence Cummings.