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Once you have left the college environment you suddenly realise how much you took for granted and how much all that coaching and tuition is actually worth!

linked together by their texts which tell a love story. It is a young girl’s journey in search of love, falling in love and then suffering a great heartbreak. I will perform it with few breaks as a mini-opera. Malcolm Martineau is the pianist and he is awe-inspiring. We will perform the programme on 14 October at Wigmore Hall.

Do you already have an idea of what you want to do for your fourth album?

Perhaps something a bit more traditional!

Next year you have debuts at both Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera…

Well I did actually perform at Carnegie with Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. It’s an amazing place to sing. I will sing A Lesson in Love there in their recital hall and in the same season at the Met in Gluck’s Orfeo. I love New York and to work there is a dream come true. Not in a million years did I think I’d get to sing at the Met.

Kate Royal and Gudrun Olafsdottir in the Guildhall production of L’étoile 2002

as a recording artist take up perhaps just two weeks a year in the studio but 6-8 months preparing for those precious studio hours. All that has to be factored into the schedule. It’s really just one big juggling act especially with my 10 month old son factored into the equation!!

Your third album A Lesson in Love will be released in February. Can you tell us about it?

A Lesson in Love is a song cycle that I have developed from my love of the song repertoire and the poetry itself. It is a collection of songs in four languages and about 10 composers

If you could choose a professional project for yourself, work with anyone in the world, what would you choose?

I think Strauss Four Last Songs with Rattle and the Berlin Phil would probably be just about my dream ticket!

Kate Royal’s first two solo albums Kate Royal and Midsummer Night are out now on EMI Classics.



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