Kitty Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She was the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award 2011 and the 59th Royal Overseas League Award in the same year, and part of the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy where she appeared as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, returning for masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff and as a soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy under Charles Dutoit. Kitty was a BBC New Generation Artist between 2013-15, during which time she made her debut album ‘This Other Eden’ featuring English poetry and song, recorded Ravel’s ‘Sheherezade’ with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, songs from Rogers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter with the BBC Concert Orchestra, featured in a Chamber Music Prom singing the music of Stephen Sondheim, and as Nancy in Albert Herring with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
On the concert platform she has sung Chansons d’Auvergne and Duruflé Requiem with the RPO, Dream of Gerontius at St John’s Smith Square, Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and concerts at the Verbier Festival and in Norway. More recently she made her BBC Proms debut in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Suite from Act II of Caroline Mathilde, sang Mozart Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Mass in C with the Philharmonia, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Ulster Orchestra and Bach B Minor Mass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Last season she sang Bach Magnificat with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican, De Falla The Three Cornered Hat with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and toured Spain and the Netherlands with the Britten Sinfonia and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.
She is an outstanding interpreter of songs and has given recitals at the Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Leeds Lieder and Buxton Festivals and Leighton House. She works with internationally renowned accompanists Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Gary Matthewman, James Baillieu and Joseph Middleton.
Kitty made her debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in the world premiere of Vasco Mendonça’s The House Taken Over directed by Katie Mitchell, with performances in Antwerp, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Bruges and Lisbon during the 2013/14 season. She sang Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Holland Park, returning in 2015 for their new production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight. Other highlights include Kate Owen Wingrave at the Opéra National de Lorraine Ippolita and Pallade in Cavalli’s Elena (co-production with Aix en Provence) in Montpellier and Versaille.
In the 2015/2016 season Kitty makes her debut with the Bergen National Opera as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream conducted by Paul McCreesh, sings recitals at Wigmore Hall, and B Minor Mass with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Sage in Gateshead.