Katherine Manley studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow and the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, London. A Samling Foundation and Susan Chilcott Scholar, Katherine has been supported by a Wingate Scholarship, Ian Fleming MBF Award and an Independent Opera Fellowship.
Her roles include Creuse in David McVicar’s new production of Charpentier’s Medée, English National Opera, Zenna Briggs in Michel van der Aa’s Sunken Garden for ENO at the Barbican Theatre and at the Holland Festival, Lucia The Rape of Lucretia for Angers/Nantes Opera, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Arpago L’Incoronazione di Dario with Garsington Opera, Poppea/Fortune/Virtu L’Incoronazione di Poppea with English National Opera, and Glyndebourne on Tour, Melanto/Amore The Return of Ulysses (the Young Vic) for English National Opera, Musica/Euridice/Messaggera/Proserpina in Monteverdi’s Orfeo for both ETO and a staged performance at the Barbican with Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music. Sandman/Dew Fairy Hänsel und Gretel for Opera North, Venus Venus & Adonis for Transition Opera, and Belinda in After Dido, a joint venture by ENO/The Young Vic of live music and film performance inspired by Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas directed by Katie Mitchell, conducted by Christian Curnyn. Katherine has also performed Maria The Sound of Music at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris and Julie Carousel for Opera North at the Barbican Theatre. She made her Edinburgh International Festival debut singing The Indian Queen with The Sixteen (Christophers) and her US stage debut as Oriana in Handel’s Amadigi for Central City Opera, Colorado.
Her busy concert diary has featured Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with Capriccio Barockorchester, Saul (Reuss) with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Christmas Oratorio for Bachkoor, Holland, St Matthew Passion at Bath Abbey, Acshah in Handel’s Joshua at the London Handel Festival with Laurence Cummings, Jephtha for The King’s Consort in Switzerland, Israel in Egypt on tour with Musik Podium Stuttgart, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 at The Sage, Gateshead, Amadigi at the Wigmore Hall, The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort & Players and Il Pastor Fido at St. George’s Church, London.
Recent engagements include Eliza Doolittle in Robert Carson's My Fair Lady at the Châtelet, Paris, St Matthew Passion with Britten Sinfonia, Max Richter’s Memoryhouse at the Barbican, St Matthew Passion in Cambridge, Judith Weir’s Natural History for Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and La descente d’Orphée at the Wigmore Hall. Engagements in 2014/2015 include Maria The Sound of Music for Central City Opera, Colorado, Drusilla L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Opera North, La Statue in Rameau’s Pigmalion with the OAE, further performances of Sunken Garden for Opéra de Lyon, & Houston Grand Opera. Bach Cantatas with Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra. Wife in the world première of The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy (music) and Enda Walsh (text) Edinburgh Festival, Dublin, London Covent Garden and New York St Ann's Warehouse. Donnacha Dennehy's revised score of The Hunger, The Kennedy Center Washington DC, BAM NYC and St Louis with Alarm Will Sound. Michel Van der Aa's Blankout in Beijing and for the Finnish National Opera. Katherine currently sings with Deutsche Oper in Graham Vick's Death in Venice, Further engagements include Philharmonie de Paris, Berio Folk Songs, BlankOut with KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, the USA premier of Sunken Garden with the Dallas Opera and Pamina in the Magic Flute, also US 2018.