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Caitlin Hulcup

Mezzo soprano

Caitlin Hulcup is an Australian mezzo soprano performing internationally in concert, recital and opera.

Her repertoire features major Handel, Rossini, Strauss and Mozart roles. Performances of the title role in Handel's Ariodante at the Barbican London and Teatro Real in Madrid with Les Talens Lyriques brought critical acclaim early in her career, and she went on to sing the role at the Händel Festspiele Halle, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Scottish Opera, and at Theater an der Wien. She has sung the roles of Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Wiener Staatsoper under Yves Abel and Calbo Maometto II for Garsington Opera under David Parry. She made her debut as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Zubin Mehta, reprising the role at the Bolshoi Theatre with Vassily Sinaisky and at National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing and has performed Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for the Palau de les Arts Valencia again with Mehta. She has sung Idamante Idomeneo for Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon and Garsington Opera, Dorabella Cosi van Tutte for Wiener Staatsoper and Scottish Opera and Sesto La Clemenza di Tito with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra under Ben Bayl.

She has appeared as Arbaces Artaxerses at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and as Aristeo in Rossi’s Orpheus. At La Monnaie under René Jacobs she sang as Diana and Il Destino La Calisto and she sang Alceste Admeto re di Tassaglia for Theater an der Wien and as Cesare Catone in Utica at Théâtre des Champs Élysée under Alan Curtis. She sang Cyrus Belshazzar with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie and has performed Irene Theodora, Griselda and Iphigenie Iphigénie en Tauride for Pinchgut Opera Sydney.

Concert highlights have included Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Venezuela under Gustavo Dudamel and at the BBC Proms in 2009, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselböck, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian, Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony at London’s Barbican Centre and in Singapore, Dido Dido and Aeneas with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Dream of Gerontius with the Bournemouth Symphony and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth. She also performed with the Dunedin Consort, Gabrieli Consort and the Hanover Band. An accomplished recitalist, she has appeared at the Huntington Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the BBC’s Big Chamber Day.

Recent performances include Penelope The Return of Ulysses for ROH, Iseult in Martin’s Le vin herbé for Welsh National Opera, Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Victorian Opera, Radamisto for Opera Lafayette in her US debut at Washington’s Kennedy Center, Hänsel Hänsel and Gretel at Grange Park Opera, Piacere Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disingannoat the Royal Danish Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Ravel’s Mallarme songs with the Sydney Symphony, Dido with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican, and Mozart’s Requiem at the Gewandhaus Leipzig.

This season she makes her role debut as Fricka in the Singaporean premiere of Die Walküre, as well as performing Gluck’s Orfeo with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Biondi, a role she previously sung to critical acclaim at Scottish Opera, the title in Charpentier’s Médée with Pinchgut Opera, Sydney, Mozart’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and returns to the Oxford Lieder Festival for a recital.

Caitlin is Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London and a visiting academic to the University of Melbourne.

Last updated: Sep 2019