Photo: Catrin Woodruff at Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, 7 March 2020. Photo credit: Mark Pinder
Sussex-based Welsh soprano Catrin Woodruff has recently completed her studies at The Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Wilma MacDougall and was a grateful recipient of funding from the RCS Trust, The Countess of Munster Trust and the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust. She previously studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of York.
Operatic roles include Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Thérèse Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Eltruda The Masque of Alfred, Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing (Northern Opera Group), Carolina Il Matrimonio Segreto, Elvira L’Italiana in Algeri (Pop-up Opera), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera dei Lumi), Dido Dido & Aeneas (Brighton Early Music Festival), and Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Bergen National Opera). Catrin was recently the winner of the Norma Grieg French Song Prize at the RCS and was runner-up at Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod International Voice of the Future 2017. Also at home on the concert platform, recent oratorio engagements include Britten’s War Requiem at York Minster, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with RCS Voices, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with Eastbourne Choral Society and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at Paisley Abbey. Catrin recently appeared with Edvard Grieg Kor in a recent tour of Peter Grimes with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Ed Gardner, which has also been recorded for release on the Chandos label in 2020.
Forthcoming engagements include a series of afternoon recitals with Clonter Opera, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at Paisley Abbey and performing with the Grange Park Opera Chorus in their 2020 season. Catrin is delighted to be a Samling Artist in 2020.
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