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Kate Symonds-Joy

"The striking Kate Symonds-Joy (Ino) was not only a pleasure to watch, but also to listen to. Her well-schooled and burnished mezzo-soprano was beautifully used in her sole aria "But hark!" Ms Symonds-Joy deployed her secure mezzo-soprano with such seductive ease that one can only hope that great things are to come from this gifted singer. Ms Symonds-Joy also had a duet with Semele, “Prepare then!” was one of the memorable moments of the evening."

Opera Britannia

Kate Symonds-Joy was educated at Cambridge University, where she graduated with a First Class Music degree from Gonville and Caius College. She then studied on the Royal Academy Opera course with Lillian Watson and Audrey Hyland, graduating with a DipRAM and the Charles Norman Prize. She was the winner of the 2011 Thelma King Vocal Award and was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize for her role Bianca in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for British Youth Opera.

Operatic roles include Mrs Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring for Britten Pears in Aldeburgh, Wild Girl in Delius’ A Village Romeo and Juliet for Wexford Festival Opera, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte for Royal Academy Opera, Koukouli in Chabrier’s L’Etoile for Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Opera Comique Paris, the title role in Bizet’s Carmen for Regents Opera, Medea in Cavalli’s Giasone for RAO conducted by Jane Glover, Ino in Handel’s Semele for RAO with Sir Charles Mackerras, Britten Noye’s Fludde in the Thaxted Festival, and Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring for RAO directed by John Copley.

Concert work includes Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses at the Purcell Room, Rutter’s Feel the Spirit at the Barbican, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony in Cadogan Hall, a recording of Giles Swayne’s Stabat Mater for NAXOS, Handel arias for the Bydgoszcz Philharmonic in Warsaw, Berio Folksongs with the Psappha Ensemble, a sequence of danced performances of Handel’s Messiah with Bordeaux Opera, Berlioz’s Nuits d’été with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem in Snape Maltings, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse in Cadogan Hall, and extracts as Carmen with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir at LSO St Luke’s.

Recent recitals include the Wigmore Hall as part of the Royal Academy Song Circle and Schumann Lieder with Malcolm Martineau on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and Berio’s Sequenza III in the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Future projects include Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Northern Sinfonia under Jane Glover and Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall.

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