Kate Aldrich

Guest of the National Theatre Opera.
Born in Maine (USA), Aldrich made her professional debut as Preziosilla (Verdi: La forza del destino) at the Arena di Verona in 2000 and returned there the following season as Fenena (Verdi: Nabucco). She was then selected by legendary stage director Franco Zeffirelli to sing Amneris in a new production of Verdi's Aida which was performed first at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Busseto on the commemoration of the centennial of the composer's death. The production was also performed in Modena, Rome, Naples, Florence, Milan, Piacenza and Ravenna and was filmed for DVD. Aldrich made her Los Angeles Opera debut in 2002 as Fenena as well as her German debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf as Rosina (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia).
In 2005 she sang her first Charlotte (Massenet: Werther) opposite Roberto Alagna at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Adalgisa (Bellini: Norma) for L'Opera de Montreal, Dulcinee (Massenet: Don Quichotte) at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the title role in the Hamburg Staatsoper’s new production of Händel's Giulio Cesare.
Aldrich began the 2006/2007 season with her first Sesto (Mozart: La clemenza di Tito) in a new production at the National Theatre in Prague and was subsequently awarded the Prestigious Thalia prize as best female singer in 2006, as well as the Alfred Radok prize for best actress on stage in 2006. She then made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Maddalena (Verdi: Rigoletto). She stepped in last minute to sing her first Ascanio (Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini) for her Salzburg Festival debut in the summer of 2007. Other projects include Bizet’s Carmen with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dorabella (Mozart: Così fan tutte) with the Salzburg Festival and her first Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss in Marseille. For more information, visit www.katealdrich.comUpdate: January 2008