London-born soprano Kate Royal studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio. Her honors include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2004 John Christie Award, and 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award.
In concert Ms. Royal has performed with the London, Berlin, Los Angeles, La Scala, Royal Liverpool, and Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; Boston, National, BBC, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras; Orpheus and Scottish Chamber Orchestras; Concert d’Astrée; Philharmonia Orchestra; and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has appeared at the BBC Proms and the Verbier, Baden-Baden, and Edinburgh International festivals, and she has given recitals throughout Europe and North America. The conductors she has collaborated with include Thomas Adès, Jiří Bělohlávek, Myung-Whun Chung, Emmanuelle Haïm, Pablo Heras-Casado, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Charles Mackerras, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robin Ticciati, and Jaap van Zweden.
Ms. Royal’s opera engagements include Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Lucerne and Glyndebourne Festivals and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Glyndebourne Festival and at Teatro Real in Madrid; Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea for English National Opera; Miranda in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest at Covent Garden; Handel’s L’Allegro for Paris Opera; Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Glyndebourne Festival; and Countess Almaviva at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. In 2011 she made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Upcoming appearances include Micaëla at The Metropolitan Opera, the Governess at Paris Opera, Lady Penelope Rich in Britten’s Gloriana at Covent Garden, and Pamina at Baden-Baden with Mr. Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.
An exclusive EMI Classics recording artist, Kate Royal’s discography includes Midsummer Night, a collection of 20th-century arias performed with Edward Gardner and the Orchestra of English National Opera, and a recording of some of her favorite songs performed with Mr. Gardner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Her solo recital disc with pianist Malcolm Martineau, A Lesson in Love, was released in 2011. Other recordings include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Manchester Camerata (Avie Records) and Schumann’s Liederkreis with pianist Graham Johnson (Hyperion).