Katie Trethewey is an English soprano specialising in the performance of Baroque and Classical oratorio. She appears frequently as a soloist at such high-profile UK venues as London’s Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and St John’s, Smith Square, and Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
She was delighted to fulfil a dream and make her solo debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2016, performing, amongst others, the Pie Jesu from Faure’s Requiem for Carlos Acosta’s The Classical Farewell tour with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. She will be revisiting her association with dance in 2019, singing solos from Orff’s Carmina Burana in a programme entitled ‘Music and Dance’ with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Described as ‘sensational‘ by Gramophone Magazine in her recording of Nunes Garcia’s ‘Laudamus te‘ from his Missa Pastoril, Katie has also received great critical acclaim for her performances of Bach’s Matthew Passion with Ex Cathedra at Birmingham Symphony Hall and Orff’s Carmina Burana for Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome. Also highly regarded were her performances of Bach’s Laudamus Te from his Mass in B minor with Tenebrae and the Academy of Ancient Music, and the role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Birmingham Town Hall.
Katie sang the role of Anne Hathaway in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s A Shakespeare Masque, with poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, and the arias of Mrs Bartelomon in a reconstructed performance of The Garrick Ode by Thomas Arne, in several performances across the UK, including Milton Court at the Barbican Centre, London. Her photograph by the BBC of her in costume as Anne Hathaway has even made it onto the cover of a recently published book entitled ‘New Places: Shakespeare and Civiv Creativity’!
2018 began with a performance of Mozart’s concert aria ‘No, che non sei apace’ and Mass in C minor with Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the year so far has also included several performances of Carissimi’s Jephte with Ex Cathedra, singing the role of Filia, and several performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
She is increasingly in demand on the continent, recently performing William Boyce’s Solomon with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Händel-Festspiele in Halle, Germany. Katie will return to Halle in June 2019 to perform solos in Handel’s Messiah with Tenebrae and the Academy of Ancient Music.
A music graduate of Birmingham University, she later gained a Post-Graduate Diploma (Distinction) in singing from Birmingham Conservatoire.
Some highlights of Katie’s rich oratorio repertoire are:
Bach: St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Mass in B minor, Weihnachts-Oratorium
Handel: Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Jephtha (Iphis), Solomon (Queen of Sheba and Second Woman), Joshua (Achsah), Saul (Merab), Semele (title role)
Carissimi: Jephte (Filia)
Haydn: Nelson Mass, The Creation
Mozart: Requiem, Vesperae Solonnes de Confessore, Vesperae de Dominica, Mass in C minor
Orff: Carmina Burana
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (Dido)
In opera Katie performs the roles of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Diana (La Calisto, Cavalli), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck) and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring, Britten).
An impressive discography comprises numerous recordings with celebrated vocal ensembles, including Ensemble Plus Ultra, Ex Cathedra, Dunedin Consort, The Cardinall’s Musick, Tenebrae, The Gabrieli Consort and The Tallis Scholars.
Katie is a featured soloist on Ensemble Plus Ultra’s Grammy-award-winning discs of Victoria’s sacred works and on A Tender Light, Tenebrae’s critically-acclaimed CD of works by Paul Mealor. She can also be heard on Tenebrae’s recent disc A Very English Christmas singing ‘Balulalow‘ by John Gardner.
This biography is not for publication. For an up-to-date biography, or for bookings, please contact Katie.