This season, rising star mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey debuts at the Salzburg Festival in the role of Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. She also returns twice to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, both as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and as Lazuli, the title character, in Chabrier's seldom performed comedy L'Étoile. In addition, Kate will perform Hânsel in a brand new production of Hânsel und Gretel with the Dutch National Opera, and in March she will debut the role of Léonor in Donizetti's grand masterpiece La Favorite with the Washington Concert Opera, followed by a return to the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in the summer of 2016.
Ms. Lindsey has already appeared in many of the world’s prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera and Lille Opera. Her repertoire includes Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Idamante in Idomeneo, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos and Nicklausse/The Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She also created the title role in the premiere of Daron Hagen’s Amelia at the Seattle Opera.
An accomplished concert singer, Ms. Lindsey sang the premiere performances of a new commission by John Harbison with James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Met Chamber Orchestra (in Carnegie Hall), and at the Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart festivals. She has worked with many of the world’s most distinguished conductors including Harry Bicket, James Conlon, Emmanuelle Haïm, Thomas Hengelbrock, Vladimir Jurowski James Levine, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, Jérémie Rohrer, and Franz Welser-Möst. In recital, she has been presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rockefeller University in New York City.
Ms. Lindsey recently starred in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of its new production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She was also featured in its broadcasts of La Clemenza di Tito and The Magic Flute (which was subsequently released on DVD).
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Ms. Lindsey holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Her many awards include a prestigious 2011 grant from the Festival Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot the 2007 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the 2007 George London Award in memory of Lloyd Rigler, the 2007 Lincoln Center Martin E. Segal Award, and a 2006 Sullivan Foundation Grant.