This year, audiences will finally be able to see Lindsey in a very different light as she explores the world of Kurt Weill and his contemporaries in her debut album “Thousands of Miles” for Alpha Classics. The album sees the mezzo-soprano in a very different style of singing and exploring new facets of her voice. It also showcases a rare combination of a jazz artist with an operatic singer. OperaWire had a chance to speak with Lindsey on her exploration and the unique opportunity to record her first album.
Kate Lindsey’s new recording with pianist Baptiste Trotignon is called Thousands of Miles and unusually mixes classical music with jazz and the cabaret style that’s distinctively Kurt Weill’s.
We popped into her flat to hear about how the different genres fit together on the disc – but before that, she had to warm-up. And her two dogs decided they rather wanted to feature on Classic FM too...
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?
From as early as I can remember, music was a big part of my life, and it was really valued within my family. We didn’t listen to much classical music, but all three of us children took piano lessons and sang in choirs. We would take these long summer road trips to camp in the mountains, and my parents would have us sing in the car to keep us kids from killing each other in the back seat of our hot station wagon!
To celebrate the release of her debut album "Thousands of Miles" on Alpha Classics, mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey kindly agreed to share her Confessions with us! We hope you'll laugh as much as we did when reading her anecdote below! And we advise you also watch this great trailer to get a glimpse of the recording of her new album, born out of her encounter with multi award-winning jazz pianist Baptiste Trotignon and featuring a rich and varied programme between classical music and Broadway. But now, the curtain rises and here come the Confessions!
"It's really rare to be working somewhere and be able to sleep in your bed at night," says American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, who has been based in London for the last three years. She's currently in rehearsal for Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Royal Opera House, in which she'll sing Nicklausse/The Muse opposite Vittorio Grigòlo (7-24 November) and Leonardo Capalbo (28 November and 3 December) as Hoffmann and Thomas Hampson as the Villains.
"It would seem a logical step for the mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey to take on the role of the Composer in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos.
With a voice that has been described as full-throated and vibrant, Lindsey has assumed Mozart and Offenbach travesti roles in her career thus far. The trouser role in Ariadne will mark both Lindsey’s Glyndebourne and role debuts, not to mention her first Strauss opera, when the production opens on 18 May 2013.
It was mezzo soprano Kate Lindsey as the Muse/Nicklausse (the protector of the libertine Hoffmann) and as Nancy (the liberator of the over-protected Albert) who enraptured the audience with her dramatic presence, nuanced phrasing and effortless technique.