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kate howden - mezzo soprano

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Australian mezzo-soprano Kate Howden studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and at the Royal Academy of Music with Elizabeth Ritchie and Jonathan Papp where she was a member of Song Circle and the Bach Cantatas Series. She recently completed her training at the National Opera Studio supported by Opera North and currently studies privately with Susan Roberts.

She won the Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo with pianist Sachika Taniyama at the 2015 Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition; the art song prize at the 2015 Mozart Singing Competition and Kate was a Les Azuriales Young Artist 2015.

Her opera engagements include the title role Massenet Cendrillon, Bianca The Rape of Lucretia, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi and La suora zelatrice Suor Angelica for Royal Academy Opera;  Hansel Hänsel und Gretel for Opera Holloway at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Isolier Le Comte Ory and Dorothée Cendrillon for Blackheath Halls Opera;  Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Harrow Opera and Annio La Clemenza di Tito for Hampstead Garden Opera.

On the concert platform she has sung Haydn Nelson Mass, Mozart Requiem and C Minor Mass; Berlioz Les Nuits d’Eté and Duruflé Requiem.

Amongst her recent and forthcoming projects are Il Ritorno at the Barbican Theatre with Australian contemporary circus group Circa; Satie's Mort de Socrate with Joanna Macgregor at King's Place; the title role Solomon at the Musique Cordiale Festival /Graham Ross; further performances of Il Ritorno in Luxembourg and Compiège and a recital at the Machynlleth Festival with Sachika Taniyama.

Kate has been supported in her studies by the Robert Vivian Memorial, Kathleen, Ian Potter Cultural, Countess of Munster Musical, Tait Memorial, Opus 50 Charitable, Riddiford and Josephine Baker Trusts; Jennie Blythe, Matthew and Sally Ferrey and the Australian Music Foundation.