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Royal Academy of Music

Katherine Aitken Mezzo Soprano

Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2015

Scottish mezzo-soprano Katherine Aitken is an honours graduate of the Royal College of Music. She continues her studies with Kathleen Livingstone and Gareth Hancock on the Royal Academy Opera programme at the Royal Academy of Music where she is a Carr-Gregory and Karaviotis scholar. Katherine is also a member of Academy Song Circle and is a Kohn Foundation Bach Scholar.

Katherine’s operatic experience includes the roles of Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Mother Goose in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Mrs Kneebone in Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement with Royal Academy Opera. She has also sung Suzy/Lolette in Puccini’s La Rondine (Iford Arts), the role of Siebel in Faust by Gounod (Clonter Opera) and Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (Westminster Opera).

On the concert platform, Katherine has performed a diverse range of repertoire from composers such as Monteverdi, Haydn, Beethoven and Britten. Notable performances include Narrator in Walton’s Façade at the Royal Albert Hall, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Mahler's 2nd Symphony at the Royal Academy of Music.

Katherine is the recipient of the Independent Opera Voice Scholarship for the Royal Academy of Music 2015-16, and is also generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust (Wiseman Prize winner) and the Robertson Trust.

This biography was published in January 2016.