Catrine Kirkman was born in Wales and graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Masters in music. She won the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the John Kerr English Song competition and the GSMD Russell-Davies Prize. She has been supported by the Chandos Memorial Trust, the John Edmonds Charity, a Benslow Music Trust Scholarship, a Leverhulme Trust Bursary and Associates of the Britten-Pears Programme Bursary.
A former Britten-Pears Young Artist, Catrine’s most recent operatic roles include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Midsummer Opera; First Lady and Papagena in a new translation of the Magic Flute at Iford Arts Festival with Charles Court Opera; Oscar in Un ballo in maschera with Midsummer Opera and Laetitia and Angelina in Trial by Jury and The Zoo at the Kings Head in London for which she was named ‘unsung comedy performer of the year’ in The Arts Desk’s best of 2015 Opera review .
Other opera credits include role of Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Scottish Opera and D’Oyly Carte; Lucy in The Telephone; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro; Musetta in La Bohème with Focus Opera; Miss Jessel in Edward Dick’s production The Turn of the Screw for Opera Up Close and Amor in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at the Globe Theatre in London with the Britten-Pears Programme.
Catrine has worked extensively with English Touring Opera as a soloist and with their education department, most recently singing the roles of Isiphile in Cavalli’s Jason; Drusilla in The Coronation of Poppea; Miss Hedgehog in Fantastic Mr Fox; Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro; First Lady in The Magic Flute and Glasha in Katya Kabanova.
As an international soloist Catrine has performed in the USA, France, Germany, Cyprus, Lanzarote, Netherlands, Luxembourg and at the Bregenz Festival, Austria performing the the role of French Girl in Yoshi Oida’s famous production of Death in Venice and Make-Up Girl in Benedict Mason’s Playing Away directed by David Pountney.
Also experienced in period performances Catrine has premiered the roles of Asteria in Il Medo and Laodice in Hasse’s Siroe with Ensemble Serse; performed Daphne in Acteon with the Britten-Pears young artists and Ascanio in Cavalli’s La Didone with Christian Curnyn. She works regularly as a soloist with the Psallite Women’s Choir under the direction of Nancy Hadden and with the Atalante Viol consort with Erin Headley. Catrine was privileged to be a soloist in the first early song concert at the Oxford Leider festival with Joe McHardy and Richard Sweeney and can also be heard on the Heresy Records release of Motions of the Heart with the Dublin Drag Orchestra.
In concert, Catrine has worked with many great conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Paul Daniel, Edward Gardner, Richard Egarr, Emanuelle Haim, Christian Curnyn and Steven Stubbs and in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, the Cadogan Hall, the Globe Theatre and the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Catrine also plays the title role in the feature film In Love With Alma Cogan starring alongside Roger Lloyd Pack, Niamh Cusack and John Hurt which is now available on DVD.
Future plans include a children’s opera at the Perse School in Cambridge and a return to Harrogate in August to sing the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury with Charles Court Opera.