Katherine Marriott - Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano
© Hannah Robertson
Katherine Marriott is a dramatic mezzo-soprano who has lived and worked mainly in Germany for the past seven years. She was engaged permanently at the Staatstheater Mainz from 2009 to 2011, where she sang, amongst others, the role of Herodias (Strauss, Salome), Lady Macbeth (Sciarrino, Macbeth), Hata/Agnes (Smetana, The Bartered Bride), Queen Clementine (Offenbach, Bluebeard) and Rosalia (d'Albert, Tiefland). Since then, she has often appeared in Mainz and elsewhere as a guest artist, and her roles have included Carmen (Bizet, Carmen), Die Kurfürstin (Henze, Der Prinz von Homburg), Filipyevna (Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin), and Flora (Verdi, La Traviata).
Germany has given her the opportunity to work with directors such as Katharina Wagner, Christof Nel, Joan Anton Rechi, Tatjana Gürbaca, Vera Nemirova and Johannes Erath; and with conductors such as Andreas Hotz, Catherine Rückwardt, Hermann Bäumer and Florian Csizmadia.
She has also enjoyed success as an actress, most recently in the role of Frau Peachum (Brecht / Weill, Der Dreigroschenoper, Staatstheater Wiesbaden) and Mrs Higgins (Lerner / Loewe, My Fair Lady, in German for Staatstheater Mainz, in English for Oper Köln at the Royal Opera House Muscat and again in Cologne).
After studying French and Russian at the University of Cambridge, Katherine trained as a singer at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, thereafter learning much about opera from Philip Langridge and Rosalind Plowright. She has since added German and Italian to the languages she speaks fluently.