British Soprano Katie Bird trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Patricia MacMahon and Jane Irwin. Katie's studies at college were supported by a Stevenson Scholarship, the Ena Mitchell Bequest and a Musicians Benevolent Fund Education Award. During this time she was awarded the Norma Greig Prize for French song and was a finalist in the Frank Spedding Lieder Competition. Katie currently studies with Sirry Ella Magnus and in 2014 completed a year of study at London's prestigious National Opera Studio generously supported by English National Opera, The Boltini Trust, the John S Cohen Foundation and the Winship Foundation.

 

As a Samling Foundation Scholar Katie participated in workshops with Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, Christopher Glynn and Patricia MacMahon culminating in a gala performance at The Sage Gateshead, in which Katie had the honour of sharing the stage with Sir Thomas Allen and Patricia MacMahon. She was also invited by Malcolm Martineau to take part in his week-long Crear masterclass program.

 

In 2011 Katie completed English National Opera's Opera Works course and was subsequently asked to cover the role of Tatyana in their new production of Eugene Onegin directed by Deborah Warner and conducted by Edward Gardner. ENO Opera Works scenes include Mimi La Boheme, Nedda I Pagliacci, 1st Lady Magic Flute. Operatic roles include Governess Turn of the Screw, Nedda I Pagliacci (both Opera Up Close) Clarice Il Mondo della Luna (Opera East Productions), Bayreuth Festival Chorus Tannhäuser, Parsifal, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Dido Dido and Aeneas (Armonico Consort), Countess Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro (Armonico Consort).

 

Oratorio and concert engagements include Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise and Psalm 42, Dvorak's Te Deum, Brahms' Requiem with Scottish Opera Orchestra, Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Beethoven's Symphony 9, Poulenc's Gloria, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Stravinsky's Mass and Bartok's Three Village Scenes with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins broadcast on BBC Radio 3.