Photo: Natalie J Watts
Following her performance as Kate in Britten’s Owen Wingrave in 2014, Kitty Whately returns to the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy this month to sing Isabella in a new production of Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights. Completed in 1951, Herrmann’s sole opera is based on the first part of Emily Bronte’s novel of the same name (in fact her only novel). This production will be the first time the opera has ever been performed in France, having previously received its European stage premiere at the Staatstheater Braunschweig in Germany in 2015.
Conducted and directed by Jacques Lacombe and Orpha Phelan respectively, Wuthering Heights will run for five performances only between 2nd and 12th May 2019. Alongside Kitty, the cast includes Layla Claire, John Chest, Thomas Lehman, Rosie Aldridge, Alexander Sprague, Johnny Herford and Andrew McTaggart.
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Wuthering Heights forms part of a busy season for Kitty, who will appear in recital alongside Simon Lepper at the Salisbury Festival on 2nd June. They perform a programme entitled ‘From the Pens of Women’, celebrating the creative talents of female composers and poets across the twentieth century. This recital received critical acclaim at its premiere at London’s Wigmore Hall in February, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as part of its lunchtime concert series. Tickets for the Salisbury performance are still available here.