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Katie Bray

Mezzo-soprano

  • Katie Bray’s mezzo is richly spiced and colourful in potent performances of the Zemlinsky.
    Hugo Shirley, Gramophone
  • Yet it is the bright young mezzo Katie Bray who really impresses here, showing both the emotion and colour of voice to support Rosina’s challenging range...
    Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
  • The most strikingly successful element of the evening was Katie Bray’s fresh-faced and ingenuous Charlotte. Her olive-toned mezzo projects cleanly... Here is a name to remember.
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
  • British mezzo-soprano, Katie Bray is fast establishing a colourful international career, most recently engaged as Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera North.

    She also made her solo début with Opera Holland Park as Mallika Lakmé and with English National Opera in Joanna Lee’s The Way Back Home at the Young Vic Theatre. This season sees her return to ENO in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten.

    She also returns to Garsington Opera to sing Zulma in Will Tuckett’s production of L’Italiana in Algeri, conducted by David Parry.

    Recent engagements include Charlotte Werther at the 2014 Grimeborn Festival, cover Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro in McVicar’s production at the Royal Opera House, and Nancy Albert Herring with Opera North.

    Katie Bray is equally at home on the concert platform, and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and the Holywell Music Room. She appears regularly in the London English Song Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival.

    Recent highlights include a recording of Schumann songs with Sholto Kynoch for the Oxford Lieder Festival, and a tour of Bach’s St Mark Passion with the Barokksolistene, led by Bjarte Eike.

    Katie Bray graduated as a Karaviotis Scholar from the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the 2012 Principal’s Prize.

    Taught by Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, she won First Prize in the Academy’s prestigious Richard Lewis Singing Competition in 2011.

    Future projects include a return to Opera North singing Hansel Hansel and Gretel as well as Zaida Il turco in Italia for Garsington Opera.

    • Barber of Seville
      Opera North (October 2015)

      Katie Bray is a delightfully sparky and sympathetic Rosina; when it was revealed that her penniless admirer was actually a count, Bray beamed as if all her Navidads had come at once.
      Neil Fisher – The Times
      Yet it is the bright young mezzo Katie Bray who really impresses here, showing both the emotion and colour of voice to support Rosina’s challenging range. The finest Rosinas must alternately resemble both a flute and a clarinet: Bray’s voice has scope to develop further, but she’s not far off that scale.
      Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
    • Zemlinsky’s Sechs Gesänge
      Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble (Linn CKD481)

      Katie Bray’s mezzo is richly spiced and colourful in potent performances of the Zemlinsky.
      Hugo Shirley, Gramophone
    • Lakmé
      Opera Holland Park (July 2015)

      Bray and Dickinson excel in their company debuts.
      Anna Picard, The Times
    • Werther
      Grimeborn Festival

      The most strikingly successful element of the evening was Katie Bray’s fresh-faced and ingenuous Charlotte. Her olive-toned mezzo projects cleanly... Here is a name to remember.
      Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
    • Vert-Vert
      Garsington Opera (June 2014)

      Naughty girlie chums Katie Bray (a super mezzo) and Raphaella Papadakis are scrumptious in their opening pranks.
      Roderic Dunnett, The Arts Desk
    • L’Étoile
      New Sussex Opera (November 2013)

      Lazuli was sung with panache by Katie Bray.
      Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph ****
      The character who might be said to have been born under a lucky star, Lazuli, was personified with great charm by Katie Bray, who delivered her solos in a firmly rounded mezzo-soprano and her dialogue in clear-cut tones.
      Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine
      The magnetic Katie Bray was an itinerant beautician Lazuli.
      Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now
    • Albert Herring
      Opera North (May 2013)

      Katie Bray’s handsome-voiced Nancy.
      Andrew Clark, The Financial Times *****
      Katie Bray caught my ear as Nancy.
      Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
    • Emperor of Atlantis
      English Touring Opera

      Musically it's terrific, with not a weak performance anywhere, though Katie Bray’s warmongering Drummer and Callum Thorpe as the multiple voices of reason and technology that Ullmann simply calls Loudspeaker, are particularly outstanding.
      Tim Ashley, The Guardian
      Katie Bray’s mezzo was outstanding. Her punch performance as the thigh-bone wielding Drummer combined vocal athleticism with physical vigour on stage.
      John-Pierre Joyce, Music OMH
      Katie Bray was outstanding.
      Opera Now
    • Béatrice et Bénédict
      Royal Academy Opera

      Katie Bray’s Béatrice is sparkily acted and warmly sung
      Richard Morrison, The Times
      The Béatrice of Katie Bray was stunningly brilliant
      Michael Tanner, The Spectator
    • World Premiere of Kommilitonen, Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies
      Royal Academy of Music

      Wu is sung with the luxurious mezzo-soprano of Katie Bray, a sound of compassion, plangeant but not abject or begging. This is the most convincingly operatic performance, Bray characterising Wu with the quality of sound. Consequently it’s, for me, the most gripping account of a maligned individual of the evening.
      Royal Academy of Music
    • Die Dreigroschenoper
      Royal Academy of Music

      Vocally, the undisputed star was Katie Bray as Polly. Bray gave us wonderful feel for Weill's melodic lines and for every mood, whether lyrical in her Farewell Song, waywardly self-willed in the Song of Yes and No or rapid-fire in her Jealousy duet with Runette Botha's Lucy
      David Karlin, Bachtrack
  • Katie Bray Opera Repertoire

    BERLIOZ
    • Béatrice et Bénédict (Béatrice)
    BERNSTEIN
    • Candide (Paquette)
    BIZET
    • Carmen (Carmen)
    BRITTEN
    • Albert Herring (Nancy)
    • The Rape of Lucretia (Lucretia)
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia)
    CAVALLI
    • La Calisto (Satirino)
    CHABRIER
    • L'Etoile (Lazuli)
    DELIBES
    • Lakmé (Mallika)
    GOUNOD
    • Faust (Siebel)
    HANDEL
    • Xerxes (title role)
    HUMPERDINCK
    • Hansel and Gretel (Hansel)
    MASSENET
    • Werther (Charlotte)
    MAXWELL-DAVIES
    • Kommilitonen! (Wu)
    MONTEVERDI
    • L'Incoronazione di Poppea (title role)
    • Ulysses' Homecoming (Minerva)
    MOZART
    • Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella)
    • Don Giovanni (Zerlina)
    • La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto / Annio)
    • Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)
    • Die Zauberfloete (Second Lady)
    ROSSINI
    • Barber of Seville (Rosina)
    • Il Turco in Italia (Zaida)
    • La Cenerentola (Angelina)
    • L'Italiana in Algeri (Zulma)
    ULLMANN
    • Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Drummer Girl)
    WEILL
    • Die Dreigroschenoper (Polly Peachum)
    • Die Sieben Todsünden (Anna)
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