“…[Ex Cathedra’s] closing performance of Carissimi’s Jephte splendidly showcased…the bright, dancing soprano of Katie Trethewey.”
Born in Surrey, Katie studied music at Birmingham University, before going on to achieve a post-graduate Distinction in singing at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Katie regularly works with many of the UK’s leading groups, frequently as a soloist. With Ex Cathedra (Jeffrey Skidmore) she recently performed Bach Mass in B minor and the role of Filia in Carissimi Jephte, both at Birmingham Town Hall. With the Dunedin Consort (John Butt) she has sung Bach St Matthew Passion at Edinburgh Cathedral and Perth Concert Hall, and she can also be heard on their recent critically acclaimed recording of Bach Mass in B minor. She also sings regularly with the Gabrieli Consort (Paul McCreesh) and has performed many times as a soloist with the group, including on the a cappella disc ‘A Spotless Rose’. Katie enjoys performing as part of a consort group of singers with these and other groups, including Concert D’Astrée (Emmanuelle Haïm) Tenebrae (Nigel Short), The Cardinall’s Musick (Andrew Carwood), and Ensemble Plus Ultra (Michael Noone).
Katie has performed as a soloist at St John’s, Smith Square, singing Bach St John Passion with the English Baroque Choir; at the Brighton Early Music Festival singing Second Woman in Handel Solomon; and at Snape Maltings singing Vivaldi Gloria. Other performances include Handel Dixit Dominus, the title role in Handel Semele, the role of Achsah in Handel Joshua, the role of Merab in Handel Saul, Haydn Nelson Mass, The Creation, Mozart Mass in C minor and Pergolesi Stabat Mater.
Operatic roles have included Diana in Cavalli La Calisto, Donna Anna in Mozart Don Giovanni, Pamina in Mozart Die Zauberflöte, Gretel in Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel and Miss Wordsworth in Britten Albert Herring.
Katie’s future engagements include Orff Carmina Burana with Ex Cathedra and Birmingham Royal Ballet; Bach St John Passion at Symphony Hall with Ex Cathedra as part of the Birmingham International Concert Season; concerts in New York, Boston and several venues across Spain with Ensemble Plus Ultra; and a week at Dartington International Summer School.
“The star of the show was undoubtedly soprano Katie Trethewey in the title role, superb in her top notes and in the embellishments Handel so loves.”
Malvern Gazette; Handel Semele
”Katie Trethewey’s Break in Grief was a highlight of the first half”
Birmingham Post, April 2013
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