FRIDAY 1 JULY
KATHRYN RUDGE (MEZZO SOPRANO)
& JAMES BAILLIEU (PIANO)
7.30pm - Millennium Hall
£20, £18 EMF Friends
An evening of English and European song by former BBC New Generation Artists who have both now achieved international acclaim – Kathryn in a range of operatic roles and solo song recitals and James as soloist, accompanist, arranger and Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
Kathryn Rudge was born in Liverpool in 1986. Named as The Times ‘Rising Star of Classical Music and ‘One of Britain’s brightest young mezzos’ (What’s On Stage) Rudge is a versatile artist; performing to critical acclaim in operas, song recitals and orchestral concerts nationally and internationally, with a growing discography of orchestral, oratorio, opera and song repertoire recordings. Her voice is celebrated by audiences and critics alike and is described as having, “tremendous reserves of power, impeccable intonation, the capacity for a gloriously sustained legato and, most interesting of all, a distinctive vocal quality. The timbre has white-hot intensity…”(The Times).
Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’ James Baillieu is one of the leading song and chamber music pianists of his generation. He has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the world and collaborates with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists. He is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artist Program at the Royal Opera House, a course leader for the Samling Foundation, and is head of the Song Program at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy. He also is International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music.