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Bliss Song Series: Kathryn Rudge: mezzo-soprano Joseph Middleton: piano
Thu 27 October 2016, 20:00 – 22:00 BST
A current BBC New Generation artist, Kathryn Rudge stands at the forefront of young British mezzo-sopranos. In 2012 The Times selected her as the Rising Star of Classical Music, writing that 'It doesn't take long (five notes maybe) to hear why people are excited. Her mezzo-soprano voice already has tremendous reserves of power, impeccable intonation, the capacity for a gloriously sustained legato and, most interesting of all, a distinctive vocal quality. The timbre has white-hot intensity that extends undiminished through all of two octaves." In recent years Kathryn has made critically acclaimed debuts in major roles with English National Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Opera North. Her concert work has included recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Brighton, City of London Festivals, and Cheltenham Festival (Broadcast by BBC Radio 3). In August 2016 she made her Proms debut in a performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. Tonight she will be joined by Pembroke's College Musician, also straight from his BBC Proms debut.