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Catherine Wyn-Rogers photograph

Photo: Clive Barda Photography

We are very pleased to welcome Catherine Wyn-Rogers back to Wokingham Choral Society. She joins us to sing the role of The Angel in Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, precisely ten years after her last appearance with us in the same role.

February 2000

Catherine Wyn-Rogers Mezzo Soprano

Catherine Wyn-Rogers 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.

Catherine works extensively in recital and oratorio, appearing with the major orchestras and choral societies: Bach Choir, The Royal Choral and Huddersfield Choral Societies, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Philharmonia and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and at the Three Choirs and Aldeburgh Festivals. She is renowned for her performances with the period instrument orchestras, including The Sixteen under Harry Christophers, the English Concert under Trevor Pinnock, the Academy of Ancient Music under Christopher Hogwood and concerts with Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Hickox and Mark Elder. Recent engagements have included appearances with the Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the European Youth Orchestra and her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a memorable soloist at the Last Night of the 1995 BBC Promenade Concerts.

She appears regularly on the opera stage and has worked with Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and the English National Opera (most recently as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff). In 1993 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Her many appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, include Third Lady, Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes), First Norn (Götter-dämmerung), Erda (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Magdalena (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) and Sosostris (The Midsummer Marriage). She made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, as Sosostris.

Catherine's recordings include Haydn's Harmoniemesse with Winchester Cathedral Choir under David Hill and John Gay's Beggar's Opera (both for Hyperion), Teixeira's Te Deum and Handel's Samson with The Sixteen under Harry Christophers for Collins Classics, Mozart's Vespers with Trevor Pinnock for DG, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music with Roger Norrington for Decca, and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius for EMI. Most recently she has joined Graham Johnson's Complete Schubert Edition for Hyperion.

Future engagements include her debut with the Netherlands Opera in Peter Grimes, her return to the Bavarian State Opera for a new production of Arabella, and her return to English National Opera for both the St John Passion and Eugene Onegin.