The English mezzo-soprano, Kate Symonds-Joy, was educated at Cambridge University, where she graduated with a First Class Music degree from Gonville and Caius College. She then studied on the Royal Academy Opera course with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland, graduating with a DipRAM and the Charles Norman Prize. She was the winner of the 2011 Thelma King Vocal Award and was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize for her role Bianca in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia for BYO.
Operatic roles include Orlofsky in Opera Danube's Fledermaus at St Johns Smith Square, Mrs Herring in B. Britten's Albert Herring for Britten Pears in Aldeburgh, Noye's Fludde in Westminster Cathedral, Wild Girl in Delius' A Village Romeo and Juliet for Wexford Festival Opera, Dorabella in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte for RAO, Koukouli in Chabrier's L’Etoile for Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Opera Comique Paris, the title role in Georges Bizet's Carmen for Regents and Kentish Opera, Medea in Cavalli's Giasone for RAO conducted by Jane Glover, Ino in George Frideric Handel's Semele for RAO with Sir Charles Mackerras, and Florence Pike in B. Britten's Albert Herring for RAO directed by John Copley.
Concert work includes Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses at the Purcell Room, John Rutter's Feel the Spirit at the Barbican, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in Cadogan Hall, G.F. Handel's Messiah with Bordeaux Opera, extracts as Carmen with Sir John Eliot Gardiner at LSO St Luke’s, Johannes Brahms' Alto Rhapsody with the Sinfonia of Cambridge and Verdi’s Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall.
Recitals include the Wigmore Hall as part of the Royal Academy Song Luciano Berio's Sequenza III for nonclassical, Janacek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared at Kings Place, and L. Berio Folksongs with the Psappha Ensemble. Kate Symonds-Joy appears as soloist on Giles Swayne’s Stabat Mater (Naxos), Strauss’ Deutsche Motette (Delphian) and Heitor Villa-Lobos' Magnificat for Contraltino and Choir is soon to be released (Delphian).
Future projects include Tippett's A Child of our Time in Bath Abbey, Flora in La Traviata in Bermuda, an audio visual operatic installation in the Metropolitan Museum in New York with ERRATICA and W.A. Mozart's Requiem with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.