Last month we were delighted to announce that Mezzo-Soprano Katie Coventry will also be joining the ranks as a new Harewood Artist for the 2016/17 season.
Hailing from Perth, Scotland, 25 year old Mezzo Soprano Katie Coventry is training at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studies with Tim Evan-Jones.
Katie graduated with First Class Honours in History and Music from Royal Holloway, University of London before arriving at the Royal College of Music where she received her Masters of Performance with Distinction in 2015.
Welcome to ENO! We are delighted to have you as a new Harewood Artist. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am from Perth in Scotland and came down to the London area when I was 18 to study History and Music at Royal Holloway. Whilst there I signed up to the Access All Arias scheme at ENO and came into London to see as many shows as I could. I knew then that I wanted to study singing and I applied to the Royal College of Music and started my postgraduate training. I am in my final year now and will be singing my last role this term as Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera. Next term I am excited to be performing my first role with ENO in The Pirates of Penzance and I hope to look forward to many more exciting projects after I graduate this summer.
What are you most excited about in your first year as a Harewood Artist?
I am looking forward to meeting all of the other Artists and learning about their experiences and also getting to meet the audience! I can’t wait to start rehearsals for Pirates and to perform on the London Coliseum stage.
What are your top three favourite operas?
Difficult question; I have so many favourites. The first opera I saw ever was La bohème at Scottish Opera and then my Dad took me to see it at ENO as a surprise when I finished my interview for university. So I think it will always be my number one. A close second is The Cunning Little Vixen and then any of Mozart’s Da Ponte’s.
What is the ultimate role you would like to sing one day?
I have my heart set on singing Rosina one day but I would also love to sing some Strauss, so maybe a Komponist!