Katie Bird

Samling Artist Programme: 2012

British Soprano Katie Bird graduated from the National Opera Studio, where her studies were supported by English National Opera, the Boltini Trust, the John S Cohen Foundation, the Kathleen Trustand the Winship Foundation. Katie previously studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Patricia MacMahon and Jane Irwin, supported by a Stevenson Exchange Scholarship, the Ena Mitchell Bequest and a Musicians Benevolent Fund Education Award. During this time she was awarded the Norma Greig Prizefor French song and was a finalist in the Frank Spedding Lieder Competition.

Katie also participated in the English National Opera’s Opera Works course and was invited to cover the role of Tatyana Eugene Onegin, directed by Deborah Warner and conducted by Edward Gardner. Katie subsequently covered the roles of Cio Cio San at ENO in a revival of Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed Madama Butterfly and more recently sung the role of Mascha Queen of Spades. ENO Opera Works scenes include Nedda I Pagliacci and 1st Lady Magic Flute. Other operatic roles include Mimi La Bohème for Longborough Opera Festival, Governess Turn of the Screw, Nedda I Pagliacci, both for Opera Up Close, Clarice Il Mondo della Luna for Opera East Productions, and Dido Dido and Aeneas and Countess Le Nozze di Figaro, both for the Armonico Consort.

A keen recitalist and Samling Artist, Katie has participated in workshops with Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles and Patricia MacMahon culminating in a gala performance at Sage Gateshead, in which Katie had the honour of sharing the stage with Sir Thomas Allen and Patricia MacMahon. She was also invited by Malcolm Martineau to take part in his week-long Crear Masterclass programme.

Oratorio and concert engagements include Brahms’ Requiem with Scottish Opera Orchestra, Rossini Stabat Mater with Highgate Choral Society, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and Psalm 42, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony 9, Poulenc’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Stravinsky’s Mass and Bartok’s Three Village Scenes, the latter with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Recent engagements include Macbeth with Scottish Opera, Cio-Cio San (cover) Madama Butterfly, Antigone (cover) in Julian Anderson’s Thebans for English National Opera and Mimi La Bohème for Nevill Holt Opera.

Engagements in 2015/2016 include Verdi Requiem with Highgate Choral, cover Mimi in the new production of La Bohème for English National Opera and Governess The Turn of the Screw for NI Opera.