© Johan Persson
© Johan Persson
British soprano Katherine Crompton studied at the National Opera Studio, having previously graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she was the Independent Opera Scholar. Katherine was the winner of the Harriet Cohen Memorial Prize, the McCullough Prize for Opera and the Miriam Licette Prize. She was also the recipient of a Tutton Award, a Susan Chilcott Award and is a Britten-Pears Scholar.
In the current season engagements include Galatea Acis and Galatea for Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company; Bach B Minor Mass for Bedford Choral Society; Bach St. John Passion for St Albans Bach Choir; and Mozart Requiem with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Agnew.
Katherine has since appeared as a soloist at many opera houses throughout Europe including Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liege, Teatro Niccolini Firenze, Opéra d’Avignon, Opéra de Rennes, Opéra de Massy and the Montepulciano Festival. In the UK she has sung roles for Garsington Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Independent Opera and covered major roles at Glyndebourne. She has also appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, Festival d’Ambronay, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu and London Handel Festival.
Her operatic repertoire includes many Handel roles including Galatea, Beauty, Esilena, Clomiri, Costanza and Merab. Other roles include First Lady, Belinda, Poppea, Pamina, Fiordilgi, Metella and Mařenka. She has worked with conductors including Christian Curnyn, Richard Egarr, Laurence Cummings, Anthony Negus, Roland Böer and has sung with orchestras City of London Sinfonia, La Nuova Musica, Le Banquet Céleste, The Hanover Band, The Instruments of Time and Truth and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
Katherine adores the choral repertoire and has appeared as a soloist at many venues throughout the UK including Royal Festival Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral singing repertoire from Bach’s Passions to Will Todd’s Jazz Mass as well as Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony and Mendelssohn Elijah. A passionate recitalist Katherine has sung at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum and has sung Strauss’s Four Last Songs many times, including most recently with the Oxford Sinfonia. As a keen performer of contemporary music, she recently worked with Harrison Birtwistle, performing his Niedecker Songs alongside Cellist Adrian Brendel and in the world première of David Blake’s Opera, Icarus, directed by Keith Warner.
Galatea / Acis and Galatea / Festival d’Ambronay (La Banquet Céleste) / 2018
“Katherine Crompton was an enchanting Galatea, fuller and rounder of voice than some who take on the role/ Her vocal acting and projection were impeccable, rising to a heart achingly transcendent climax in the final accompanied recitative.”
Erste Dame / Die Zauberflöte / Garsington Opera / 2018
“Three finely tuned and musically sensitive Ladies.”
“The Three ladies formed a particular mellifluous trio, the individual voices distinctly characterised and sweetly blended.”