Australian mezzo-soprano Kate Howden studied at Trinity Laban with Ameral Gunson, the Royal Academy of Music with Elizabeth Ritchie and Jonathan Papp, and the National Opera Studio. She currently studies privately with Susan Roberts.
In 2018, Kate looks forward to returning to Australia to sing in concerts at the Canberra International Music Festival, with repertoire including Handel arias with the Bach Akadamie Australia and Satie's Socrate, and to joining Circa in California for further performances of Il Ritorno. Later in the year she will sing the title role in Isouard's Cendrillon with Bampton Opera and Baba the Turk in Stravinky's The Rake's Progress as part of Barbara Hannigan's Equilibrium Artists scheme.
Opera roles include the title role in Cendrillon, Carlotta (La scuola de'gelosi/Salieri), Isolier (Le Comte Ory), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Hansel, La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), La suora zelatrice (Suor Angelica), Dorothée (Cendrillon), Cherubino and Annio (La Clemenza di Tito). She performed the eponymous role in a scene from Cendrillon in the ROH Jette Parker summer showcase 2017, on the ROH main stage with the ROH orchestra. She was a member of the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival chorus in Carmen and Poliuto.
Kate’s recent soloist performances include Mark Antony Turnage's Twice Through the Heart with Shadwell Opera, the title role in Handel's Solomon at the Musique Cordiale Festival in France, Il Ritorno at the Barbican Theatre London, Luxembourg, France and Canada with Australian contemporary circus group Circa and Satie's Mort de Socrate with Joanna Macgregor at King's Place. She recently toured Scotland with Scottish Opera's Opera Highlights tour, and performed the complete songs of Henri Duparc with Sachika Taniyama at Julius Drake's Machynlleth Festival.
She was the winner of the Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo (with pianist Sachika Taniyama) at the 2015 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, the art song prize at the Mozart Singing Competition 2015, a Help Musicians UK Tutton award for opera performance, a Help Musicians UK Licette Award for French song, the Isabel Jay Prize (RAM) and the Roy Pleasance Singing Award (TCM).
Kate is grateful for previous support from Opera North, the Les Azuriales Opera Trust, the Robert Vivian Memorial Trust, the Kathleen Trust, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Jennie Blythe, Matthew and Sally Ferrey, the Australian Music Foundation (with the Riddiford Trust), the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Tait Memorial Trust and the Opus 50 Charitable Trust.
Kate is represented by Caroline Phillips Management.