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Proms fun!

In Latest by admin / September 3, 2013 / 0 Comments

Kate is delighted to be Glasgow bound this weekend, joining her good friend and fellow Harewood Artist Nicky Spence, for this year’s ‘Proms in the Park’ celebrations.

Hosted by Jamie MacDougall and Susan Calman, the evening will also feature performances by Melanie C and Alfie Boe, with Stephen Bell conducting the iconic BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Broadcast live on BBC Two Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland from 7pm on Saturday 7th September, with nationwide highlights available using the Red button. You can find out more and buy tickets by visiting my diary page.

Furtive Figaro is back!

In Latest by admin / April 15, 2013 / 0 Comments

It seems like no time at all has passed since Furtive Figaro last brought you behind the scenes footage from the WNO tour of Annabel Arden’s production of La bohème. Spring has finally arrived, and we are back, this time sneaking a look at the rehearsal process of the revival of Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of La bohème from English National Opera.

Having seduced audiences and critics alike with her protrayal of Musetta, Kate Valentine now makes her role debut of Mimi. You’ll meet cast and crew, as well as enjoying a daily tidbit of the wisdom of Jonathan Miller in ‘The Daily Miller’

Furtive Figaro is a series of video podcasts designed to give you backstage access, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the people behind the scenes. Every episode of series 1, 2, and 3 is available in the media section of this website.

Furtive Figaro Episode 5: The Children’s Chorus

In Latest by admin / November 23, 2012 / 0 Comments

After hours of editing it’s FINALLY time to introduce you to the Boheme children! They’re a lively bunch! But who coaches them? And just how do you go about harnessing all that raw talent and enthusiasm? We chat to Stephen Harris (Chorus Master) about musical preparation, and meet the lovely chaperones Chris and Mair, who deserve medals for taking such good care of their young charges!

Furtive Figaro is a series of video podcasts designed to give you backstage access, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the people behind the scenes. You can see previous episodes of this series here, as well as the 2010 and 2011 series.

My tiny hand is burnt!

In Latest by admin / November 12, 2012 / 0 Comments

Touring any production is tough on cast and crew, but as Welsh National Opera rolls back in Birmingham an unfortunate accident sees Kate Valentine needing some running repairs. With the help of expert production staff, skilled NHS nurses, and a consumptive colleague, the show can and does go on!

Furtive Figaro is a series of video podcasts designed to give you backstage access, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the people behind the scenes. You can see previous episodes of this series here, as well as the 2010 and 2011 series.

Furtive Figaro Episode 3 is here!

In Latest by admin / October 31, 2012 / 0 Comments

The tour continues on its journey and has arrived in Oxford.

Many people worry that they won’t enjoy opera because it’s often sung in foreign languages. What they may not realise is that surtitles, translations that appear above the stage, are used to help the audience understand the story and keep track of the action.

But who writes the surtitles? Who controls the screen? What happens when it all goes pear-shaped?!? Kate Valentine takes a sneaky glimpse in the dark, computer filled rooms where Stephen Wood, WNO staff musician and surtitle operator, ensures that everything goes according to plan.

Furtive Figaro is a series of video podcasts designed to give you backstage access, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the people behind the scenes. You can see previous episodes of this series here, as well as the 2010 and 2011 series.

Monkey Magic!

In Latest by admin / October 23, 2012 / 0 Comments

Episode 2 of Furtive Figaro is here!

Kate is touring with Annabel Arden’s new production of La Bohème for WNO, and this week the company are in Llandudno. Continuing with the theme of makeup, we look at the transformation of a man into a monkey – more specifically, Michael Clifton-Thompson into Parpignol.

You can see the first episode of this series, as well as the previous episodes, in the Media section of this website.

Furtive Figaro goes behind the scenes at ‘La bohème’

In Latest by admin / October 11, 2012 / 0 Comments

It’s autumn, the leaves are falling, and Kate Valentine is touring with Welsh National Opera’s new production of ‘La bohème’. As ever, Furtive Figaro is behind the scenes to bring you candid access to the unsung heros and heroines of the production.

In this first episode of series 3, Kate (making her company debut as Musetta) introduces you to the talented staff responsible for wigs and make-up, reveals the secrets of guy-liner, and answers the age old question of where exactly all the hair goes when you wear a wig.

Furtive Figaro is a series of video podcasts designed to give you backstage access, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the people behind the scenes. Every episode of series 1 and 2 is available in the media section of this website.

WNO La Bohème now touring

In Latest by admin / October 1, 2012 / 0 Comments

Annabel Arden’s acclaimed new production of La Bohème has begun its Autumn tour with Welsh National Opera. The company will be visiting Swansea, Llandudno, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, and Liverpool from September 8th, closing in Bristol on Saturday December 1st, 2012.

A fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ video has been published by WNO, featuring interviews with Kate Valentine (Musetta), Giselle Allen (Mimì), Alex Vicens (Rodolfo) and the director Annabel Arden. This, along with the full trailer, audience reactions, and a more in-depth interview with the creative team, is available in the La Bohème Media section of this website.

You can find out further details of the tour and buy tickets here

ENO wins a brace of awards at the 2012 Oliviers!

In Latest by admin / April 16, 2012 / 0 Comments

Congratulations to English National Opera who, having been nominated for six Olivier Awards, have come away triumphant with wins in both Opera categories!

  • Best new opera production – English National Opera’s Castor and Pollux at the London Coliseum
  • Outstanding achievement in opera – ENO, for the breadth and diversity of its artistic programme

Kate is a Harewood Singer at ENO and is delighted to have taken part in two critically acclaimed productions in 2011 – as Countess Almaviva in Fiona Shaw’s The Marriage of Figaro and Helena in David Alden’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The breadth and quality of ENO’s operatic programme for 2011-12 was recognised not only in the Outstanding Achievement in Opera award, but also with nominations for The Passenger, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Castor & Pollux.

Both awards were taken by an emotional John Berry, ENO artistic director, who took time to thank every member of the company. Standing centre stage at Covent Garden, John said “I really do think ENO is the most exciting opera house in the world at the moment”. With upcoming new productions of Billy Budd, Jakob Lenz, The Flying Dutchman and Dr Dee, I think everyone will agree.

You can find out more at their website A full list of the winners can be seen at


Olivier Awards 2012: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Nominated

In Latest by admin / March 21, 2012 / 0 Comments

Following the 2011 nomination of Fiona Shaw’s production for Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, English National Opera have again excelled themselves with a fantastic 5 nominations in the Opera categories for the 2012 Olivier awards. The nominations include three in Best New Opera Production  (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Castor & Pollux, and The Passenger) and two in Outstanding Achievement in Opera (Amanda Holden for her translation of Castor & Pollux, and ENO for the breadth & diversity of its artistic programme.)

Kate Valentine performed the role of Helena alongside fellow ENO young singers Allan Clayton & Benedict Nelson in Christopher Alden’s critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is the second consecutive year that Kate has been part of a nominated production.

The winners will be announced on 15th April 2012.You can watch the awards live using the BBC Red Button from 5pm on the night, or listen to BBC Radio 2. You can find out more about this and the other nominations at

Kate makes her BBC Radio 3 recital debut

In Latest by admin / March 18, 2012 / 0 Comments

Opening the series ‘Debussy’s Last Words’ from the Cowdray Hall in Aberdeen, Scottish soprano Kate Valentine makes her recital debut on BBC Radio 3 with a programme of French song by Debussy, Ravel and Hahn alongside pianist Iain Burnside.

  • Debussy Mandoline
  • Debussy Ariettes Oubliées
  • Ravel Cinq mélodies populaires Grecques
  • Debussy Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
  • Debussy Trois Mélodies de Paul Verlaine
  • Hahn Offrande
  • Hahn L’heure exquise
  • Hahn Fêtes galantes

Originally recorded at the Cowdray Hall in Aberdeen on Thursday 2nd February, 2012, you can hear the broadcast at 1pm on Tuesday 20th March 2012 on BBC Radio 3. You can find out more on the BBC Radio 3 website, where a link to the performance will be available for 7 days afterwards.

Behind the scenes of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

In Latest by admin / September 22, 2011 / 0 Comments

Furtive Figaro, the candid video podcast exploring behind the scenes of opera production and performance, is back for a second season!

In 2010, Kate Valentine recorded interviews and scenes during her run as Countess Almaviva in Sir Thomas Allen’s critically acclaimed new production of ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ for Scottish Opera. This year, Kate is filming a new series of short episodes documenting the process of rehearsing an Opera, and celebrating the skilled individuals who make it all possible.

You can subscribe to the Furtive Figaro twitter feed by following @furtivefigaro , or subscribe to the micro-blogging Tumblr site.

Kate Valentine debuts as Helena for English National Opera

In Latest by admin / May 25, 2011 / 0 Comments

After her highly acclaimed success in the role of Elisabeth Zimmer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lover’s, Kate Valentine has recently returned to English National Opera in another role debut, as Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The stellar cast, described by Dominic McHugh of Musical Criticism as “a remarkable line-up”, also includes Iestyn Davies, Sir Willard White and Anna Christy.

Conducted by Leo Hussain, Christopher Alden’s new production has been described by Andrew Clements of The Guardian as “remarkable”, and Andrew Clark of The Financial Times goes further saying that this is “one of the most intoxicating and disturbing ENO shows in recent memory.”

Stephen Jay-Taylor of Opera Britannia comments that “Kate Valentine [was a] vocally game Helena”, and Barry Millington, writing for Evening Standard, thinks that “The quartet of lovers was superbly sung by Allan Clayton, Tamara Gura, Benedict Nelson and Kate Valentine”

Shows will be running at the London Coliseum until the end of June. To find out more about this production and to book tickets, click here.

To watch a video trailer, click here.

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ENO announce their 2011/2012 Season

In Latest by admin / May 17, 2011 / 0 Comments

English National Opera have announced their 2011/2012 season, detailing a programme of 15 productions including 4 operas by living conductors and 11 new productions.

This fascinating lineup, in which Kate stars as Countess Almaviva in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro, features of host of established and new British talent.

You can read more on the English National Opera website by clicking here

ENO 2011/2012 Season

The Elixir of Love, Donizetti , opens 15 September 2011

The Passenger, Weinberg, opens 19 September 2011

The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart, opens 5 October 2011

Castor and Pollux, Rameau, opens 24 October 2011

Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky, opens 12 November 2011

Tosca, Puccini, opens 26 November 2011

Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss, opens 28 January 2012

The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach, opens 10 February 2012

The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams, opens 25 February 2012

Jakob Lenz, Wolfgang Rihm, opens 17 April 2012, Hampstead Theatre

The Flying Dutchman, Wagner, opens 28 April 2012

Madam Butterfly, Puccini, opens 8 May 2012

Caligula, Detlev Glanert, opens 25 May 2012

Billy Budd, Britten, opens 18 June 2012

Doctor Dee, Damon Albarn, opens 25 June 2012 (press night 26 June)

‘Elegy for Young Lovers’ nominated for an Olivier!

In Latest by admin / February 11, 2011 / 0 Comments

Fiona Shaw’s celebrated production of Henze’s rarely performed Elegy for Young Lovers has been nominated for Best New Opera Production in this year’s Olivier Awards. This collaboration with the Young Vic is a double triumph for English National Opera, who have also received a nomination for Simon McBurney’s operatic directing debut, A Dog’s Heart.

As Elisabeth Zimmer, Kate enjoyed critical acclaim for her performance alongside a ‘terrific cast’ (Hugh Canning, Opera) and she and her colleagues are thrilled that the production has been recognised in this way.

Keep everything crossed on March the 13th, when the winner will be announced! You can find out more about this and the other nominations at