Biography

Katherine

Warwickshire-born soprano Katherine Liggins recently graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and continues to study with Louise Crane. While at the Conservatoire, she performed several roles in their annual opera scenes and main productions including First Boy in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, La Tasse Chinoise in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Lucia in Britten’s The rape of Lucretia, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Pauline in Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne. Opera choruses include John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Verdi’s Otello, Wagner’s Parsifal, Puccini’s La bohème, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart & Salieri, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s Falstaff, and Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne. Katherine has also performed the role of Barbarina with Beechwood Opera. In oratorio, Katherine has performed the soprano solos in Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Katherine has a strong background in choral music. During her second and third years at the Conservatoire, she sang with the renowned Chamber Choir under the direction of Jeffrey Skidmore and Paul Spicer. Her solo on their CD of the music of John Joubert was reviewed by the Church Times as “superb”. Katherine is currently an Armonico Consort Young Artist, and a founding member of the Polaris Vocal Ensemble. Since moving to London, she has taken up choral scholarships at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. Mary’s, Primrose Hill.

Katherine was a finalist in the Winifred Micklam Prize, Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize, and a prizewinner in the Edward Brookes English Song Prize. Katherine has participated in masterclasses with Roderick Williams OBE and Dame Ann Murray, and is looking forward to starting as a Voces8 Scholar later in the year.