Kate Royal, soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Kate Royal: A lesson in Love
A Lesson in Love: A Story Through Song—featuring works by SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN, BRAHMS, FAURÉ, DEBUSSY, BRIDGE and BRITTEN.
ANON.: Danny Boy
About This Performance
London-born soprano Kate Royal is known on the world’s opera stages for her strong and nuanced interpretations of some of the genre’s great heroines. Her expansive and dramatic range is consistently lauded for its “sparkle and seductive grace.” —Financial Times
Kate Royal is the winner of the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2004 John Christie Award and 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. In October 2006 Kate Royal signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics.
In opera she has sung Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for the Glyndebourne Festival and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and Governess (The Turn of the Screw) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for both the Teatro Real, Madrid and the Glyndebourne Festival, Poppea for the English National Opera, Miranda (Ades’ The Tempest) for the Royal Opera, Handel’s L’Allegro for the Paris Opera, Micaela (Carmen) for the Glyndebourne Festival and Countess Almaviva for the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Her concert engagements include both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Bavarian Radio under Rattle, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Ticciati and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Nezet-Seguin. Her recent operatic engagements include Pamina for the Royal Opera and at the Lucerne Festival, and Euridice in her Metropolitan Opera debut.
Malcolm Martineau was born in Edinburgh, read Music at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and studied at the Royal College of Music. Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, he has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel and Sarah Walker.
He has presented his own series at St. John’s Smith Square (the complete songs of Debussy and Poulenc), the Wigmore Hall (a Britten and Poulenc series broadcast by the BBC) and at the Edinburgh Festival (the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf). He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including in New York both Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and at the Aix-en-Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich and Salzburg Festivals.
Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI); recital recordings with Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney (for Decca); Magdalena Kozena (for DG); Della Jones (for Chandos); Susan Bullock (for Crear Classics); Solveig Kringelborn (for NMA); Amanda Roocroft (for Onyx); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; and the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon.
This season’s engagements include appearances with Sir Thomas Allen, Susan Graham, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Kate Royal, Michael Schade, and Bryn Terfel.
He was given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004.
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