British mezzo-soprano, Katie Bray is fast establishing a colourful international career, most recently engaged as Charlotte Werther in the 2014 Grimeborn Festival. This year, she also made her solo début with Garsington Opera as Emma in Offenbach's Vert Vert, directed by Martin Duncan and conducted by David Parry. Other recent operatic roles include Lazuli in New Sussex Opera's production of L'Étoile, and cover Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro in McVicar's production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Sir John Eliot Gardiner).
In 2012, Katie made her solo débuts with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and English Touring Opera, and in 2013, she joined Opera North as Nancy in Giles Havergal’s production of Albert Herring. Other operatic roles include Drummer Girl Der Kaiser von Atlantis with English Touring Opera and Béatrice Béatrice et Bénédict at the Royal Academy of Music.
Katie is also a keen recitalist, and has performed in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Forge, Leighton House and St George's, Hanover Square. She gave a lieder recital in the 2013 City of London Festival with her regular accompanist, William Vann, and they performed together again in the London English Song Festival this year. Katie will also give two recitals with Sholto Kynoch in the 2014 Oxford Lieder Festival.
Other recent highlights include a recording of Zemlinsky's Opus 13 with Trevor Pinnock, and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in the Loch Shiel Spring Festival. Future plans include a trip to Poland in 2015 to perform as the mezzo-soprano soloist with the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra in their Bach cantata project.
Katie graduated as a Karaviotis Scholar from the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the 2012 Principal’s Prize. Taught by Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, she won First Prize in the Academy’s prestigious Richard Lewis Singing Competition in 2011.
She is represented by Rayfield Allied.