Australian soprano, Kate Ladner studied for four years at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music graduating with a postgraduate degree in Voice. Her operatic career began in Brisbane the following year, when she accepted a position on the Young Artist Programme with Opera Queensland. Since then, Kate has performed throughout Europe and Australasia in opera houses including; Staatstheater Stuttgart (Blondchen – Die Entführung aus dem Serail); Graz Opera (Micaela – Carmen); Glyndebourne Touring Opera (Konstanze – Die Entführung aus dem Serail) Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House (Donna Anna – Don Giovanni; Vitellia – La Clemenza di Tito; Violetta – La Traviata; Desdemona – Otello).
Other favourite roles include: Juliette Romeo et Juliette (SOSA, West Australian Opera) Nanetta Falstaff (Garsington Opera), Manon Manon (English Touring Opera), Violetta La Traviata (OA, SOSA, ETO, Macedonia Opera), Marzelline in Fidelio (Opera Northern Ireland), Opera New Zealand (Zerlina – Don Giovanni), Aida (SOSA). Kate has performed der Waldvogel, Woglinde , Freia, Helmwige and Third Norn in two Wagner Ring Cycles produced in Australia, conducted by Jeffrey Tate and later with Asher Fisch.
As a regular performer with Opera Holland Park, London, Kate’s roles include Violetta La Traviata, Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro and Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine. For the Buxton Opera Festival, she has sung the principal soprano roles in Rimsky Korsakov’s opera Kaschey theImmortal and Sibelius’ Maiden in the Tower (the first staged versions in the UK of both operas), Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello, the title role in Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arcoin a new production created by director Elijah Moshinsky .
Kate performs regularly on the concert platform in France, where she resides and throughout Europe . In 2016 , she performed Beethoven 9 Symphony in Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid. She has founded VOIX360, a vocal performance organisation producing concerts throughout the Ardèche, most recently mounting a production of Puccini’s Tosca.
Kate enjoys returning to Australia, where she had huge success with her debut roles as Salome, Richard Strauss and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust for the State Opera of South Australia. In 2016 Kate received much critical acclaim for her debut performance as Floria Tosca in Puccini’s Tosca. She has recently returned from China, where she sang la Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra. She recently completed a season of performances directed by Elijah Moshinsky, conducted by Stephen Barlow, as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s 1847 version of Macbeth for the Buxton Opera Festival.
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