Kate Royal was born in London and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award.
In concert Kate has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vassily Petrenko, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Casado, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Adès, New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Alan Gilbert, Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Robin Ticciati, Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek, London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski, Rotterdam Philharmonic with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding. She has appeared in recital throughout Europe and North America.
In opera Kate has sung Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Micaela Carmen, Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni for the Glyndebourne Festival; Pamina for the Baden-Baden Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Rattle, the Lucerne Festival with Harding, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Countess Le nozze di Figaro and Governess The Turn of the Screw for Glyndebourne on Tour; Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream for both the Teatro Real, Madrid and the Glyndebourne Festival; Poppea L'incoronazione di Poppea for English National Opera; Miranda in Adès The Tempest for Covent Garden; Handel L’Allegro and Pamina for the Paris Opera; Countess Almaviva for the Aix-en-Provence Festival; and Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice and Micaela for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Kate has recorded Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Manchester Camerata and Schumann Liederkreis with Graham Johnson for Hyperion. Recordings for Warner Classics include a musical portrait with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Edward Gardner, 20th century arias (Midsummer Night) with the Orchestra of English National Opera and Edward Gardner and a solo recital disc with Malcolm Martineau (A Lesson in Love).
Future highlights include Margaret Hughes in Floyd’s Prince of Players for Florentine Opera, recitals at Oxford Lieder with Joseph Middleton and in Barcelona with Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson, concerts with the London Philharmonic and the world premiere of McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra.