Biography

“…Kate Valentine, whose voice has blossomed into something quite breathtaking, is not just a Soprano, but is sort of huge soul of a person, flowering…She’s just phenomenal”
Fiona Shaw, CBE

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Scottish Soprano Kate Valentine studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. A Samling Foundation Alumna, her numerous awards include the Glyndebourne Anne Wood/Joanna Peters Award, a Sybil Tutton Award, a Susan Chilcott Scholarship, and Scottish Opera’s John Scott Award.

She has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with English National Opera, where, as part of their prestigious Harewood Artist Scheme, she has performed; Cathleen Riders to the Sea, First Lady The Magic Flute, Elisabeth Zimmer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers (a co-production with the Young Vic), Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Countess Almaviva the Marriage of Figaro (a role which she has also performed in Italian for Glyndebourne Tour and Scottish Opera), and Mimi La Boheme.

Other roles include Mrs Nordstrom in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music for Théâtre du Châtelet alongside Leslie Caron and Greta Scacchi, Grizel The King’s Conjecture, Maria Gesualdo, Alice Ford (cover) Falstaff, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus, and Karolina in Smetana’s The Two Widows for Scottish Opera, Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Samling Opera, Konstanze The Abduction from the Seraglio and Desdemona (cover) for Opera North, Armgard in Offenbach’s Die Rheinixen in concert performances at London’s Cadogan Hall, and Musetta La Boheme under Carlo Rizzi for Welsh National Opera.

She made her Edinburgh International Festival debut in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music under David Jones with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and appeared again as Second Woman Dido & Aeneas under Nicholas MGegan. Her concert repertory also includes Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall under Sir David Willcocks, Dixit Dominus and Solomon; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Haydn’s Nelson Mass; Poulenc’s Gloria; Rossini’s Petit Messe Solennelle; Rutter’s Magnificat and Requiem; Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Coronation Mass, Solemn Vespers and C Minor Mass. She recently made her debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra singing Brahms Requiem under Lawrence Renes.

Highlights this season and beyond include Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne Tour in a new production by Fiona Shaw, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte in a new production by Phelim McDermott for English National Opera, and Marenka The Bartered Bride for Opera North.