Winner of the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Award, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately graduated from the RCM International Opera School, following the successful completion of the Masters Programme in Vocal Studies.
“I remember my first week at the RCM being a little nerve wracking! I was asked to stand in for someone at a public masterclass. It was the first time I had sung in front of anyone at the RCM and I was very nervous about it, but being thrown in the deep end like that actually helped me to feel less inhibited. Everyone was so friendly, and the singers are such a social group, that I soon felt very much at home.
As a member of the RCM International Opera School I’ve had many fantastic performance opportunities. I’ve been lucky enough to sing in masterclasses with Gerald Finley and Sarah Connolly. But best of all are the operas. The Opera School puts on three a year and I’ve performed Edwige in Handel’s Rodelinda and Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Taking on roles in fully staged operatic productions, working with professional conductors and directors, gaining stage experience and exposure are all invaluable experiences. It was actually through singing Dorabella that I was signed by my agents, Intermusica, which has been hugely helpful at this point in my career.
The opera course is fantastically varied with coaching from different professional conductors and teachers each week. You also get individual movement lessons, group dance and acting classes. So every aspect of the training is well covered. But the best thing about the RCM has been my teacher Tim Evans-Jones. He is a technical wizard and has really helped me to understand my voice.
The RCM is a truly wonderful place and I shall miss it very much when I leave. Situated in the heart of London’s culture scene, you’re never short of something to do. It’s also a five minute bus ride from Knightsbridge, which is handy for a shopaholic like me!”