Reviews

“Katie Bray is a delightfully sparky and sympathetic Rosina; when it was revealed that her penniless admirer was actually a count, Bray beamed as if all her Navidads had come at once.”
Neil Fisher – The Times

The Barber of Seville, Opera North, November 2015 – Neil Fisher, The Times

 

“Yet it is the bright young mezzo Katie Bray who really impresses here, showing both the emotion and colour of voice to support Rosina’s challenging range. The finest Rosinas must alternately resemble both a flute and a clarinet: Bray’s voice has scope to develop further, but she’s not far off that scale.”

The Barber of Seville, Opera North, November 2015 – Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

 

“The most strikingly successful element of the evening was Katie Bray’s fresh-faced and ingenuous Charlotte. Her olive-toned mezzo projects cleanly, and she rose to the breast-beating histrionics of the third act without going embarrassingly over the top. Here is a name to remember.”
Werther, Grimeborn Festival, August 2014 – Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Katie Bray is enigmatic and full of erotic charge as Charlotte, acting superbly at all times, her voice supple, smooth and heartbreaking…her final declaration of love for Werther was literally tearjerking.”
Werther, Grimeborn Festival, August 2014 – Charlotte Valori, bachtrack

 

“Lazuli was sung with panache by Katie Bray.”
L’etoile, New Sussex Opera, November 2013 – Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph ****

“The character who might be said to have been born under a lucky star, Lazuli, was personified with great charm by Katie Bray, who delivered her solos in a firmly rounded mezzo-soprano and her dialogue in clear-cut tones.”
L’etoile, New Sussex Opera, November 2013 – Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine

 

“And I liked the unresolved volatility between Katie Bray’s sharply assertive Nancy and Marc Callahan’s Brylcreem-Boy Sid.”
Albert Herring, Opera North, May 2013 – Richard Morrison, The Times ****

“In a score dominated by staccato outbursts, Marc Callaghan and Katie Bray stand out as Sid and Nancy, their rapturous music highlighting Britten’s gifts as a melodist.”
Albert Herring, Opera North, May 2013 – Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

“Katie Bray caught my ear as Nancy.”
Albert Herring, Opera North, May 2013 – Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

“Katie Bray’s handsome-voiced Nancy.”
Albert Herring, Opera North, May 2013 – Andrew Clark, The Financial Times *****