Originally from Bearsted, British Soprano Katie Bird, a graduate of the prestigious National Opera Studio, London, began her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,under the tutelage of Patricia MacMahon. She then went on to complete a year at the Royal Academy of Music London. During this time she was awarded the Norma Grieg Prize for French Song and was a Finalist in the Frank Spedding Lieder Competition. In 2013 her year of study at the National Opera Studio was generously supported by English National opera. She now studies with the one of the world’s leading Classical Voice teachers, Paul Farrington.
Since completing her year at the National Opera Studio, Katie has gone on to make her debuts with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Northern Ireland Opera and Opera North. ForEnglish National Opera and Northern Ireland Opera, singing Masha and Chloe in David Alden's new production of The Queen of Spades and The Governess in a revival of Oliver Mears production of The Turn of the Screw respectively. More recently Katie has made her debut for Opera North, singing Suor Osmina and covering the title role in their new production of Suor Angelica. Her other professional operatic engagements include; Adina The Elixir of Love, Mimi La Boheme (Nevill Holt Opera); Cio Cio San coverMadam Butterfly, Liza cover The Queen of Spade, Mimi La Boheme, Tatyana cover Eugene Onegin, Antigone cover in the world premiere of Thebans (English National Opera); 1st Witch Macbeth reduction (Scottish Opera); MimiLa Boheme(Longborough Opera Festival); Governess Turn of the Screw and Nedda I Pagliacci (Opera Up Close); Clarice Il Mondo della Luna (Opera East Productions); Dido Dido and Aeneas; Countess Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (Armonico Consort). Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Germany).
Equally comfortable on the concert platform, Katie is a keen recitalist and Samling Foundation Scholar, her recent oratorio and concert engagements include; Verdi Requiem (Highgate Choral Society and Lakeland Opera); Brahms Requiem (Scottish Opera Orchestra); Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise and Psalm 42; Dvorak Te Deum; Fauré Requiem; Mozart Coronation Mass; Beethoven Symphony 9; Poulenc Gloria; Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music; Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle; Stravinsky Mass and Bartok Three Village Scenes (all with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbinsand broadcast on BBC Radio 3).
Future engagements include; Lui cover Turandot, Nedda I Pagliacci, Student Osud, Kate Pinkerton and Cio Cio San cover Madama Butterfly all for Opera North.