Artist of the Week: Kate Royal
British Soprano Makes her Teatro Mayor Debut in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’By Francisco Salazar
This week the Teatro Mayor is set to open a new production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Pedro Salazar, one of Colombia’s most respected directors. The production will bring an international cast including Kate Royal, an acclaimed interpreter of Mozart’s music.
The soprano will make her Teatro Mayor debut performing in Colombia for the first time. Royal is well known for her Countess Almaviva which she has performed at the Glyndebourne Festival and Aix-en-Provence Festival, among others. For her portrayal, critics have raved stating, “it’s Royal, as the Countess, who gives the outstanding performance of the production. She turns her second act aria into a fragile lament for lost love, and the tenderness of her flirtation with Cherubino is achingly moving.”
For audiences in Bogota, it will be a treat to see the British soprano in her element.
Royal, who is a 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award winner as well as a recipient of the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award, has performed at many of the great opera houses in the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real Madrid, the Opéra de Paris, and Salzburg Festival.
For audiences not familiar with the soprano’s voice, she has recordings of “The Prince of Players,” and “The Tempest,” as well three solo albums for EMI. She also has a DVD of “Der Rosenkavalier” from Glyndebourne.
She is in excerpts from “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Don Giovanni.”