|"From Mother To Witch & Bach Again"|
The 62nd season of Putney Music opens with guest speaker Catherine Wyn-Rogers
The celebrated mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers discusses her life and work with Vice-President Ian Partridge
Catherine was a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Meriel St Clair and gaining several prizes including the Dame Clara Butt award. She continued her studies with Ellis Keeler and now works with Diane Forlano.
Miss Wyn-Rogers works extensively in recital and oratorio, appearing with the major British orchestras and choral societies and at the Three Choirs, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals and at the BBC Proms, of which she was a memorable soloist at the Last Night of the 1995 Proms.
She is equally renowned for her performances with the period instrument orchestras. Her recent engagements have included appearances with the Philharmonia under Slatkin, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Haitink and Andrew Davis, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra under Rozhdestvensky, the European Union Youth Orchestra under Haitink and her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Norrington.
Catherine Wyn-Rogers' numerous recordings include Handel's "Samson" with The Sixteen under Harry Christophers, Mozart's "Vespers" with Trevor Pinnock for DG, Vaughan Williams "Serenade to Music" with Roger Norrington for Decca, and Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius" for EMI. She has joined Graham Johnson's Complete Schubert Edition for Hyperion, recorded Mozart’s “Requiem” with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerras and Mrs Sedley (“Peter Grimes”) with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis.
She appears regularly on the opera stage and has worked with Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, the Semperoper, Dresden, the Bordeaux Opera, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Netherlands Opera and the Salzburg Festival. She is a regular guest artist with English National Opera - Suzuki (“Madama Butterfly”), Akhrosimova (“War and Peace”), La Cieca (“La Gioconda”), “St. John Passion”, “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Rape of Lucretia”; with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden - First Norn ("Götterdämmerung"), Erda ("Das Rheingold" and "Siegfried"), Magdalene ("Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"), Cornelia ("Giulio Cesare"), Sosostris ("The Midsummer Marriage"), Genevieve (“Pelleas et Melisande”) and Auntie (“Peter Grimes”); and with the Bavarian State Opera, Munich - Sosostris, Adelaide (“Arabella”), First Norn (“Götterdämmerung”), Genevieve (“Pelleas et Melisande”), Cornelia (“Giulio Cesare“), Amastra (“Xerxes”), Hexe (“Königskinder”), “Die Schweigsame Frau” and Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius” in concert with Zubin Mehta. She made her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in “The Midsummer Marriage”, her debut at the Houston Grand Opera in “Peter Grimes” and has sung Waltraute (“Götterdämmerung”) in Valencia and Florence with Mehta.
Future engagements include “Das Rheingold” in Munich, “Eugene Onegin” for ENO and “Peter Grimes” in her debut for La Scala, Milan.
August 26, 2011