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Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo-soprano, Contralto)

Born: 1958 - England

The English mezzo-soprano (and contralto), 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 Wyn-Rogers 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 Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 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, English Concert under Trevor Pinnock, 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 Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, 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.

Catherine Wyn-Rogers 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 (Götterdämmerung), 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 Wyn-Rogers' 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 George Frideric Handel's Samson with The Sixteen under Harry Christophers for Collins Classics, Mozart's Vespers with Trevor Pinnock for DG, Edward Elgar' Serenade to Music with Roger Norrington for Decca, and Edward 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 (BWV 245) and Eugene Onegin.

Source: Wokingham Choral Society Website (February 2000); International Who's Who in Music & International Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, November 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Harry Christophers


BWV 248

Wolfgang Helbich


BWV 248

David Willcocks


BWV 244

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Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Wocingham Choral Society)

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Fairest Isle)

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