Catherine Hopper (mezzo-soprano) studied Music at the University of Leeds and the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, Germany graduating with a BMus Hons. She subsequently graduated from Royal Academy Opera with a distinction and the Vice Principal’s prize, before completing her studies at the National Opera Studio. She has taken part in masterclasses with Alfred Brendel and Thomas Quasthoff, Ann Murray, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Thomas Hampson, Dennis O’Neill, Udo Rhineman, Paul Kiesgen, Julian Pike and Felicity Palmer.
At RAO Catherine Hopper sang the roles of Lucretia Rape of Lucretia, Ramiro La finta giardiniera, Mezzo-Actress in Judith Weir’s Night at the Chinese Opera, Zita Gianni Schicchi and Marta Iolanta.
Since completing her formal studies her roles have included Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with Psappha Ensemble at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Buxton Festival, Lucretia for Key Productions at the Arcola Theatre, the Kitchen Boy Rusalka for Opera North, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel for Opera Holland Park, Popova in Walton’s The Bear for Mahogany Opera, Second Lady Die Zauberflöte at Clonter Opera and Garsington, Mme Larina Eugene Onegin and Mrs Herring Albert Herring for British Youth Opera and Rossweisse for Opera North’s 2012 acclaimed semi-staged production of Wagner’s Die Walkure.
Very active on the concert platform Catherine Hopper has worked with such eminent conductors as Sir Colin Davis (L’enfance du Christ), Sir Andrew Davis (Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music) at the 2008 BBC Proms and Valery Gergiev (The Page in Strauss’s Salome) at the 2010 Verbier Festival. She recently sang in a staged performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
A committed recitalist, Catherine Hopper has given recitals at the Cheltenham International Festival with Simon Lepper, the Wigmore Hall with Joseph Middleton and the Oxford Lieder Festival with Sholto Kynoch and the Doric Quartet. She has also had the privilege of sharing a recital with Sir Thomas Allen accompanied by John Reid, again as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival. She subsequently returned to the Wigmore Hall with Joseph Middleton for a recital supported by the Kirckman Concert Society and again for a recital with Julius Drake in which they premièred Michael Zev Gordon’s Mandelstam Settings.
Highlights of the 2010/11 season included a performance of Berlioz L’enfance du Christ with the BBC Concert Orchestra, concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort, and a tour of operatic arias with Essential Scottish Opera.
Two of the current season’s most interesting projects have been ‘Love’s Exchange’—a series of duets by Monteverdi with soprano Mary Bevan and La Nuova Musica at St John’s Smith Square—and, most recently, a revival of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Floode in which she took the role of Mrs Noah. The production featured young musicians from the London Borough of Newham, with the New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp .
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