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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on Saturday 19th March 2005 to perform Handel's Messiah replacing Natalie Christie who was indisposed.

March 2005

Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen       Soprano

Elizabeth Franklin-Kitchen is the second-prize winner of the 2003 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she studies with Susan McCulloch and receives coaching from John Mark Ainsley. She has participated in masterclasses and workshops with Eugene Asti, Iain Burnside, Graham Johnson, Philip Langridge and Sarah Walker. In September 2003 Elizabeth won second prize at the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition. She is generously supported by The Solti Foundation.

Elizabeth has a busy and exciting schedule, performing a wide range of repertoire from Monteverdi to Maw, via Handel, Mozart and Verdi. Oratorio solo repertoire includes Bach's St Matthew and St John Passions, Magnificat and B Minor Mass, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, Harmoniemsse and The Seasons, Mozart's Requiem and C Minor Mass, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Tippett's A Child of our Time and Verdi's Requiem. Operatic solo rôles include scenes from Rusalka (Rusalka), Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra), Così Fan Tutte (Fiordiligi), Figaro (Countess; Marcellina), Idomeneo (Ilia), La Bohème (Mimi and Musetta) and Judith Weir's King Harald's Saga (all eight roles).

She has made several debuts recently, including performing with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop, a performance of works by Tchaikovsky and Grieg with the London Charity Orchestra under Toby Purser at St John's, Smith Square and, most recently, she made her Glyndebourne debut in the rôle of Rochelle in John Lunn's Tangier Tattoo, directed by Stephen Langridge.

Her discography includes several recordings for Signum Records, Guild Music, ASV and Naxos's recent release of Handel's Coronation Anthems. In 2003 she teamed up for the second time with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, again under Alsop, to record Bernstein's Chichester Psalms for Naxos. She records frequently for the BBC, and has been a guest artist on Radio 3's In Tune. In early 2005 Elizabeth organised and recorded a performance of Mozart's Requiem for Hyperion as part of a fundraising concert for the Tsunami Earthquake Appeal.

Recent concert appearances include performances of Haydn's Nelson Mass, Dvorák's Stabat Mater, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Verdi's Requiem and a performance of arias from Figaro at St John's, Smith Square with The Hanover Band, under Paul Brough. She has sung as a chorus member of Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and Glyndebourne On Tour. Elizabeth is currently understudying the rôles of Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda) and Fiordiligi (Cos?an Tutte) for English Touring Opera. She recently gave performances of Mahler's 4th Symphony at St John's, Smith Square and at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge. In May she makes her solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall with a performance of Mozart's Requiem under Sir David Willcocks and in July she will perform Tippett's A Child of our Time as part of the Warwick Arts Festival.