Sunday 16th October, 7.30pm
St James' Episcopal Church, Cupar
Katie Coventry (mezzo-soprano)
Paul McKenzie (piano)
A graduate of the Royal College of Music International Opera School and regular performer
at ENO and the Salzburg Festspiele, Katie Coventry closes St Andrews Voices with a
performance in Rowand Anderson’s intimate Episcopal Church in Cupar, featuring songs by
Berg, Judith Weir, Roxanna Panufnik and Ravel.
“Coventry intelligently developed greater depth of character, singing with a rounded tone,
full of colour”
Programme (to include)
Berg - Sieben Frühe Lieder
Judith Weir - The Voice of Desire
Roxanna Panufnik - That Mighty Heart
Elizabeth Maconchy - Ophelia’s Song
Rebecca Clarke - Cloths of Heaven, June Twilight
Ravel L’Histoires Naturelles: Le Paon, Le Martin-Pêcheur, La Pintade
Last summer, Katie returned to Glyndebourne Festival Opera in both Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia as Zaida (cover) and Cosi fan Tutte as cover Dorabella. She also made her debut with Waterperry Opera as Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. In summer 2020, Katie returned to the Salzburg Festspiele singing the role of the second maid in Strauss’s Elektra under the direction of Krzysztof Warlikowski and baton of Franz Welser-Möst.
As a previous Harewood Artist, Katie has a close relationship with ENO. She made her ENO début as Edith in Pirates of Penzance and in 2017 made her role début there as Cherubino. Previous roles include the Second woman in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, the title role of Marnie and Shadow Marnie 2 and Kitchen Boy in Rusalka. The Rusalka production was due to transfer to the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, which would have been Katie’s house debut however, this was unfortunately affected by the pandemic.
During the 2018/19 season, Katie was part of the ensemble at the Salzburger Landestheater. Roles there included Rosette Manon, Doralice La Gazzetta, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina Don Giovanni and in Philip Glass’s The Trial. Other recent engagements include her House debut at the Teatro Real, Madrid as Jennie Hildebrand in Street Scene, covering the role of Annio for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the second soprano solo in Mozart’s C minor mass, with Sir Roger Norrington and the Camerata Salzburg.
A participant of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singer Project in 2018, Katie is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studied with Tim Evans-Jones as an Independent Opera Voice Scholar. Her roles for RCMIOS include Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Nancy Albert Herring and L’Écureuil and La Chatte L’enfant et les sortilèges. Other roles include Ariodante Ariodante (London Handel Festival), Kate Julian Owen Wingrave, The Fox The Cunning Little Vixen (British Youth Opera), Mazet La Colombe (Opera Danube/ West Green House Opera) and Stephano Roméo et Juliette (Opera Bearwood).
Katie was a finalist for the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition, the winner of the 2017 Joaninha Award and is also an Independent Opera Voice Fellow.
On the concert platform, Katie has performed in such works as the Mozart Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, Duruflé Requiem at Southwark Cathedral, Haydn Nelson Mass at Riga Dom and numerous other oratorio works at St James’ Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Other concert works include Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne and most recently Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Vladimir Jurowski and the RCM Symphony Orchestra.
Paul McKenzie lives in London, and works as a Repetiteur for Opera: most recently with English Touring Opera, Grange Park Opera and Opera Up Close. Paul was the holder of the Adami Award for Piano Accompanists Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music 2014-2015: and has continued to work there since. Previously, Paul completed a Masters in Piano Accompaniment at the RCM, studying with Simon Lepper. Paul has also performed many concertos, and enjoys working as an orchestral pianist, a song accompanist and jazz pianist.