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Catherine King (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Worcestershire, England

The English mezzo-soprano, Catherine King, began her vocal studies as a choral scholar at Trinity College Cambridge followed by a period at the Guildhall in London, and later study with Josephine Veasey.

Catherine King regularly performs music covering a vast period from the present day back to the 11th century, and in many languages (often with period pronunciation). She has performed with many of the UKís leading ensembles and orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Taverner Consort, Northern Sinfonia, Nash Ensemble, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Gothic Voices, London Baroque, Fretwork, Singcircle, New London Consort, Florilegium and The Academy of Ancient Music. She also makes regular appearances in Brirish and European festivals, including at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester, Edinburgh International Festival, the Lufthansa Festival at St Johnís Smith Square and the Bruges Early Music Festival, Belgium. Recent appearances (2001) include Prague, Hamburg, Paris, the USA, live BBC broadcasts from the Wigmore Hall and St John's, Smith Square.

Well known as a versatile early music specialist, Catherine King's duo with lutenist Jacob Heringman and the group Virelai seek to bring life to long forgotten music, performing it with a freshness which belies the years since its writing.

Catherine King frequently performs from the full range of great oratorios throughout the country. As well as works by Georg Frideric Handel, J.S. Bach and Mozart, she has sung larger scale pieces such as Edward Elgarís Music Makers and Verdiís Requiem. She has recently performed and recorded G.F. Handelís Judas Maccabaeus in Germany, J.S. Bach arias in Oslo and Lyon, given several performances of E. Elgarís Dream of Gerontius in Britain, and a series of lute song recitals in the USA. She has also recorded and premiered songs written for her by a number of composers, most recently at the Spitalfields Festival in London with a commission by Andrew Keeling. Opera performances include Mercedes (Carmen) and Diane (Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie), the latter under William Christie. In December 2002 performerd Messiah with Robert King and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

Contemporary performances include new works in London Spitalfields Festival with Sing Circle, Tippett's Crown of The Year with the Nash Ensemble, as well as premieres of specially commissioned songs performed in the USA , and on radio and CD.

Recordings include recitals for Radio Three and on CD with her duo partner lutenist Jacob Heringman, pianist Wayne Marshall, and with leading early music ensembles, including the GothicVoices, Fretwork, London Baroque, New London Consort, Consort of Musicke and Taverner Consort. The many CD's she has released during the past five years include the award winning ĎAirs de courí CD for Linn Records, lute songs by Mudarra and Milán (ASV), 20th century songs by Barber and a recording of music by Hildegard of Bingen and Jean Catoire (Virgin Classics). Recent recording project have included Bach Mezzo Arias, for Linn Records, and a disc of songs by Verdelot to coincide with concerts at the Wigmore Hall, London.

Source: Gothic Voices Website; City Choir Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, March 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Julian Podger


Selections from BWV 42, BWV 112, BWV 232, BWV 244 [w/ Norsk Barokkorkester]

Andrew Parrott


BWV 198, BWV 227, BWV 229

Links to other Sites

Catherine King (Official Website)
Gothic Voices: Biographies
Catherine King - Contralto (City Choir)
Catherine King (Allied Artists)
Catherine (Gothic Voices)
Catherine King, Biography, Discography (Goldberg)

Raphi's Serious Singers List: Mezzos & Altos: Catherine King
Catherine King - mezzosoprano (La Secreta)
Catherine King and Jacob Heringman
Gothic Voices: Biographies (Houston Early Music)
Catherine King & Norwegian Baroque Orchestra (Linn)

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