Kitty studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She is a passionate interpreter of song and has given many recitals including the Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh Festival and the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals. She was a winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 59th Overseas League, and a BBC New Generation Artist, during which time she made her debut album ‘This Other Eden’. She has worked with many of the UK orchestras, the Aix en Provence Festival and with Opera Holland Park and the Opéra National de Lorraine.
Kitty Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She won both the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 59th Royal Overseas League Award in the same year, and was part of the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy where she appeared as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Kitty was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2013-15, during which time she recorded her debut solo album This Other Eden, made recordings with the BBC orchestras, commissioned a new song cycle and made several appearances at the Proms.
Opera highlights include the world premiere of Vasco Mendonça’s The House Taken Over directed by Katie Mitchell, with performances in Antwerp, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Bruges and Lisbon; Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia and Stewardess in Jonathan Dove’s Flight (Opera Holland Park); Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bergen National Opera); Kate Owen Wingrave (Opéra National de Lorraine); Dorabella Cosi fan tutte (English Touring Opera) and Ippolita / Pallade in Cavalli’s Elena in Montpellier and Versailles for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; and Eurydice Orfeo with English National Opera at Bristol Old Vic Theatre.
Kitty is in high demand as a concert artist and has given performances with most of the UK’s major orchestras, including Duruflé’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), Bach’s B Minor Mass (Royal Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Beethoven’s Mass in C Major (Philharmonia Orchestra), Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ulster Orchestra), Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Britten Sinfonia on tour in Spain and the Netherlands), Bach’s Magnificat (Britten Sinfonia and Choir of King’s College Cambridge). Further performances include Elgar Dream of Gerontius at St John’s Smith Square and Handel Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall. Kitty has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Leighton House, and the Edinburgh, Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder and Buxton Festivals, working regularly with renowned accompanists Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Gary Matthewman, James Baillieu and Joseph Middleton. She recently premiered Jonathan Dove’s song cycle Nights Not Spent Alone at the Cheltenham Festival.
Kitty made her BBC Proms debut in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Suite from Act II of Caroline Mathilde, and also appeared in a Chamber Music Prom singing the music of Stephen Sondheim, and as Nancy in a concert performance of Britten’s Albert Herring. Her frequent performances with the BBC orchestras include De Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat (BBC National Orchestra of Wales). Her recordings include Ravel’s Sheherezade with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and songs by Rogers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter with BBC Concert Orchestra.
This season, Kitty performs with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, appears in Mozart’s Requiem at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and gives recitals at Oxford Lieder Festival and Bedford Music Club. She also appears as Nancy Albert Herring for The Grange Festival; Don Ettore La Canterina with Classical Opera at the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival and at Wigmore Hall; and Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix-en-Provence Festival in Beijing.
Mendelssohn COMPLETE SONGS, VOL. 2 (Champs Hill Records)
“The most palpable sense of delight rises from the voice of Kitty Whately whose feisty mezzo is entrusted with three impassioned songs by Mendelssohn’s sister, Fanny.” Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine (October 2016)