Professional Biography

Performing Career

I had my first singing lesson at the age of 24 long after I had gained a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway College in London and a teaching certificate allowing me to teach Primary Education (P.G.C.E).

I was teaching in South London when I decided to take up singing as a hobby. Laura Sarti, my first teacher, persuaded me to try for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and I got a place on the 4-year undergraduate course. After two years, and feeling much older than the other students, I decided to try for the 2-year Opera Studies course. I was successful and began studying with David Pollard.

In 1993 I sang my first proper role as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème for British Youth Opera and after winning the Richard Tauber prize (for both Lieder and Opera) in the same year, the then General Manager of Welsh National Opera, Matthew Epstein, heard that a young Welsh singer had won this biennial prize in London and wanted to hear me. I auditioned soon after and before I had completed my Opera training in 1994 I had been offered a Young Artist Contract with Welsh National Opera and I was back at home in Cardiff where I grew up!

 

Operatic Roles

Welsh National Opera, Cardiff, Wales

  • The Makropoulos Case (Janacek) – Kristina
  • Beatrice and Benedict (Berlioz) – Hero
  • Idomeneo (Mozart) – Ilia
  • Elektra (Strauss) – Fifth Maid
  • Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) – Susanna
  • Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Zerlina / Donna Elvira
  • Rigoletto (Verdi) – Gilda
  • The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky) – Anne Truelove
  • Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc) – Blanche de la Force
  • L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) – Poppea

 

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

  • The Merry Widow (Lehar) – Valenciennes
  • Parsifal (Wagner) – Erste Blumenmädchen
  • Les Noces (Stravinsky) – Soprano Soloist

 

English National Opera, London

  • Ariodante (Handel) – Ginevra
  • Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc) – Blanche
  • Eugene Onegin (Tchaikowsky) – Tatyana
  • War and Peace (Tchaikowsky) – Natasha

 

Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany

  • Idomeneo (Mozart) – Ilia
  • La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) – Servilia
  • L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) – Poppea

 

Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, Dusseldorf, Germany

  • L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) – Poppea
  • Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Donna Elvira
  • Falstaff (Verdi) – Alice Ford
  • Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) – Mèlisande

Opera du Rhin, Strasbourg, France

  • The Beggars Opera (Gay/Britten) – Lucy Lockit
  • Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) – Mélisande

 

Santa Fe Opera, NM, USA

  • Idomeneo (Mozart) – Ilia
  • Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) – Susanna

 

San Francisco Grand Opera, USA

  • Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck) – Gretel

 

New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, Israel

  • L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) – Poppea

 

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, France

  • Don Giovanni  (Mozart) – Zerlina (Peter Brook production)

 

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Tour (Don Giovanni)

  • Brussels
  • Milan
  • Tokyo

 

Théâtre du Chatelêt, Paris

  • Parsifal (Wagner) – Erste Blumenmädchen

 

Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland

  • La Calisto (Cavalli) – Giunnone

 

Edinburgh Festival, Scotland

  • Les Noces (Stravinsky) – Soprano Soloist (Pierre Boulez)

 

Salle Pleyel, Paris

  • Les Noces (Stravinsky) – Soprano Soloist (Pierre Boulez)

 

Royal Festival Hall, London

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) – Helena (Sir Richard Hickox)

 

Concerts and Recitals

Notable conductors and accompanists with whom I have collaborated include Christophe von Dohnányi, Claudio Abbado, Sir Neville Mariner, Sir Richard Hickox, Jaap van Sweden, Iain Burnside, Malcolm Martineau, Trevor Pinnock, Graham Johnson, Robert King, René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Barry Wordsworth, Pierre Boulez, Paul Daniel, Paul McCreech, Sir Charles Mackerras and Philippe Herreweghe.

 

Recordings/ DVDs

  • The Turn of the Screw (Britten) for BBC (Miss Jessel) conductor: Sir Richard Hickox, director: Katie Mitchell (DVD)
  • Sacred Songs (Vivaldi) conductor: Robert King with the King’s Consort (Hyperion Records)
  • Der Silbersee (Weill) – 1st Shopgirl  conductor: Markus Stenz (BMG)
  • Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc) – Blanche de la Force conductor: Paul Daniel (Chandos Records)
  • Folksong Settings (Beethoven) piano: Malcolm Martineau (Deutsche Grammophon)

 

Teaching Career

2008:  Established The Singing Works, private voice studio, Antwerp

2012 – 2013:  Guest instructor in English and Italian for Singers, Royal Conservatory of Antwerp

2013 – 2014:  Guest director of Opera Scenes and revival director, Turn of the Screw (Gidon Saks, director), Royal Conservatory of Ghent

2014 – Present:  Guest Professor of Voice, LUCA School of Arts (formerly The Lemmens Institute), Leuven

 

Singing Lessons

The Singing Works

Antwerpen, Belgium

Catrin Wyn-Davies
gsm: +32 (0) 498 97 39 61
email: catrincymru@me.com

Studio

Pieter de Coninckstraat 31
2600 Antwerpen

By car:  Close to exits from E19, E34, E17

By train:  Antwerpen Berchem