Soprano 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.
In the current 2016/17 season Katherine features in Michel van der Aa’s latest one-woman-opera, BlankOut which she has performed at the Beijing Music Festival and Musica Nova Helsinki, for Finnish National Opera. Other recent world premiers include the role of Wife in The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy (music) and Enda Walsh (text) at the Edinburgh Festival, London Covent Garden and New York St Ann's Warehouse. Katherine also performed Dennehy's revised score of The Hunger in BAM, New York, the Kennedy Center Washington DC, and for St Louis Opera, with contemporary ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Later in 2017 she will revisit the role of Zenna Briggs in Van der Aa's Sunken Garden which she created at English National Opera 2013, at both the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Essen Philharmonie.
In addition to her growing reputation in the contemporary operatic repertoire, Katherine is already established as an outstanding performer of baroque music. She played Creuse in David McVicar’s production of Charpentier’s Medée, ENO, A number of Monteverdi roles include the title role in Poppea, conducted by Christian Curnyn, Messaggera/Proserpina in Orfeo with Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre London, The Return of Ulysses (the Young Vic) for English National Opera. Katherine has sung Venus, Venus & Adonis with director Netia Jones, & Belinda in After Dido, a joint venture by ENO/The Young Vic directed by Katie Mitchell, She made her US stage debut as Oriana in Handel’s Amadigi for Central City Opera, Colorado. Other operatic roles include Lucia, The Rape of Lucretia for Angers/Nantes Opera & Sandman/Dew Fairy Hänsel und Gretel for Opera North.
Over the past seasons Katherine has been a popular guest artist at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, featuring in the leading roles of Eliza Doolittle, in Robert Carson's My Fair Lady, & Maria in The Sound of Music, proving equally at home in high profile musical theatre productions she also sung Maria for Central City Opera & Julie in Carousel for Opera North at the Barbican Theatre,
Her concert engagements include Judith Weir’s Natural History for Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Max Richter’s Memoryhouse, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, Edinburgh International Festival singing The Indian Queen with The Sixteen. Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with Capriccio Barockorchester, Saul with Daniel Reuss, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 at The Sage, Northern Sinfonia. La Statue in Rameau’s Pigmalion with the OAE. Bach's Matthew and John Passions, Bach Cantatas with Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra & Britten Sinfonia, and Christmas Oratorios throughout Europe. She has sung Jephtha with The King’s Consort, Switzerland, Israel in Egypt on tour with Musik Podium Stuttgart. The Fairy Queen with McCreesh & Gabrieli Consort & Players, & La descente d’Orphée at the Wigmore Hall. Recording's made include Handel's Il Pastor Fido with Harmonia Mundi, LNM, and Joshua with the London Handel Festival, Laurence Cummings.
Katherine recently sung with Deutsche Oper in Graham Vick's new production of Britten's Death in Venice and the German premier of BlankOut at KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen. Future engagements take in the Philharmonie de Paris- Berio Folk Songs, a newly commissioned song cycle by Emily Hall, libretto by Enda Walsh, written for Katherine and Crash Ensemble SFSH, the US premier of Sunken Garden with Dallas Opera, and Pamina in the Magic Flute, also USA 2018.