British mezzo-soprano, Katie Bray is fast establishing a colourful international career, most recently 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.
Recent engagements include Zulma at Garsington Opera in Will Tuckett’s production of L’Italiana in Algeri, her return to ENO in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, 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, where she recently directed concerts at Wilton’s Music Hall, as well as 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.
Current engagements include a return to Opera North singing Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Zaida Il turco in Italiafor Garsington Opera, Minerva Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Satirino La Calisto for English Touring Opera as well as concerts with Scottish Opera.