2022 Filene Artist in Residence Kate Lindsey
Each year, Wolf Trap Opera chooses one of its highly successful alumni to return as the Filene Artist in Residence. This master artist works with WTO’s young singers on both artistic and practical preparation for their careers. The 2022 Filene Artist in Residence is Kate Lindsey.
Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey is one of the most promising voices of her generation and appears regularly in the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, in Aix-en-Provence, the Théâtre des Champs–Élysées, and the Bavarian State Opera.
Kate Lindsey once again shows her great diversity in the season 2021-22 with a wide selection of new role debuts and new productions. At the Maggio Musicale in Firenze the mezzo-soprano kicks off the season jumping in last minute for the houses new production of Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella) before she takes on the role of Nerone – one of her signature roles at the Vienna State Opera – in the revival of the acclaimed and praised Salzburg production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. She then takes on her role debut of Donna Elvira at Vienna State Opera’s new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni before singing Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg. At the London Coliseum the mezzo takes on the lead role Offred in the houses’ new production of Paul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale and performs as Orphée at the Washington Concert Opera. She finishes the season at Vienna State Opera’s premiere of L’Orfeo in the lead role of La Musica and La Speranza under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado.
Highlights of the season 2020-21 included Kate Lindsey’s house debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milano where she performed in a Kurt Weil double bill of Mahagonny Songspiel and Die sieben Todsünden taking on both lead roles Jessie and Anna. As a very popular and celebrated guest artist of the Vienna State Opera Lindsey took on the role of Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and jumped in on short notice in Frank Castorfs new production of Charles Gounods’ Faust performing the role of Siébel, which was produced as an international live stream.
Planned performances as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Royal Opera House London, as Sesto (Giulio Cesare) at the Metropolitan Opera and as Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Vienna State Opera had to be cancelled in the 2020/21 season due to the corona pandemic.
In 2019-20 Lindsey was celebrated for her performances of Ariadne auf Naxos and the world premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s commissioned composition Orlando, which was composed especially for her in the title role, at the Vienna State Opera. At the MET she starred as Nerone in Händel’s Agrippina, a production which finds its US premiere in New York, alongside Joyce DiDonato, which hailed great acclaim from the press and public.
Featuring the program from her album Thousands of Miles, which was released in May 2017 by alpha records, Kate Lindsey and pianist Baptiste Trotignon engaged on a tour with concerts at the Hartt School of Music, the University of Richmond Modlin Center for the Arts, the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire (Wisconsin), at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, the University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Spivey Hall of Clayton State University in Georgia, as well as in Bremen (Germany). Further concerts have taken them to the stages of Teatro all Scala in Milano as well as made them welcomed guests at various European festivals: Pulsation Festival Bordeaux, Bergerac Festival and many more.
Highlights of former seasons include the title role of Miranda in a new production at Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique in Paris, Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Nerone in the ravishing new production of Monteverdi’s L´incoronazione di Poppea under the baton of William Christie at the Salzburg Festival, Sister Helen in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Washington National Opera, Muse/Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Vienna State Opera. On the concert stage, Kate Lindsey performed with the Orchestre de Paris under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock in Paris, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna, Prague and Dresden. Further engagements included Lazuli in Emmanuel Chabrier’s L’étoile at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Leonora in La Favorite at Washington Concert Opera, Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and concert performances of Purcell´s Dido and Aeneas with Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock at Hamburg´s Laeiszhalle and the Rheingau Musik Festival.
A sought-after concert performer, Kate Lindsey stood on the greatest stages with highly renowned orchestras and conductors. She starred in the BBC Proms with performances of Korngold’s Tomorrow at the Royal Albert Hall with the John Wilson Orchestra before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker in performances of Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette under Daniel Harding as part of the renowned Musikfest Berlin. As 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 Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Met Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Cercle de l’Harmonie in Europe, 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 Haim, Vladimir Jurowski, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, Jérémie Rhorer 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 has been featured in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La Clemenza di Tito and Die Zauberflöte (which was subsequently released on DVD). Her CD Follow Poet (of songs by Mohammed Farouz) was released by Deutsche Grammophon.
Kate Lindsey is recording exclusively for Outhere Music France. Her first solo album Thousands of Miles with works by Kurt Weill, Korngold and Zemlinsky was released in May 2017. Her second album Arianna, released in January 2020, features the Arcangelo orchestra conducted by Jonathan Cohen with Scarlatti, Händel and Haydn and made raving reviews all over the world. In May 2021 Kate Lindsey’s third album and second baroque recital album Tiranno was released concentrating on the character of Nero including pieces of Scarletti, Handel and Monteverdi, including world premiére recordings of cantatas by Alessando Scarlatti and Bartolomeo Monari. The album is the second collaboration with the artist and the British ensemble Arcangelo under the musical direction of Jonathan Cohen. The album had great success and made Gramophone magazine conclude that Tiranno is a “model of what a recital album can be.”
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.