Catherine Backhouse (3rd Lady – Magic Flute)

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    unnamedMezzo-soprano Catherine Backhouse grew up in Edinburgh and began singing as a chorister in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. She graduated with an honours degree in music from The University of Durham and has completed the prestigious Opera Studies and Artist Diploma programmes at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with distinction. This year she has played the title role in Donizetti’s La Favorite, Philomen in Gluck Philomen and Baucis (UK Premiere) and Pallas in Arne The Judgement of Paris with Bampton Classical Opera, Idamante (cover) for Garsington Opera. In 2015 her debuts included Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Project at West Green House, Solo Fairy in Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Garsington Opera/RSC and covering Louhi in Swanhunter for Opera North.
    Catherine was a 2014 Britten-Pears Young Artist and played the role of Kate Julian in a new production of Britten’s Owen Wingrave at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals to critical acclaim. Other operatic highlights include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at Clonter Opera, the title role in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in the Barbican and Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea at the Ryedale Festival. While at Guildhall she played Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Jean in Le Portait de Manon by Massenet, Eva in Comedy on the Bridge by Martinu, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Soeur Anne in Dialogues des Carmélites and Mabel/Nurse Wallace in Unknown Doors with Iain Burnside. Previous roles performed are Mezzo Actor in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera with British Youth Opera,  Rossweisse in Die Walküre at the St Endellion Festival, Ino in Handel’s Semele and Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito for Hampstead Garden Opera.
    An enthusiast of new music, Catherine has performed Kurtág Messages of the Late R.V.Troussova, Mariko in Tokaido Road by Nicola LeFanu, Jan in Jan Tait and the Bear by Emily Doolittle, Ronald Reagan in The Catfish Conundrum by Edward Lambert, Flat Pack: An Opera in IKEA by Tom AZ Lane and Let Evening Come by Bolcom. On the concert platform she has appeared as a soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the St Magnus Festival on Orkney, sung Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Ludus Baroque, Handel’s Messiah with Dunedin Consort, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Dartington, Bach St John Passion with the UK Japan Music Society and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the South London Singers. Her recital work has featured Elgar Sea Pictures, Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben, Wagner Wesendonk Lieder, Mahler Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen and Britten Cabaret Songs. She also performs programmes for voice, viola and piano with her group The Amalie Trio.