Katrina Sheppeard

Katrina Sheppeard

Dramatic/Heroic Soprano

British Australian Dramatic Soprano
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2016Puccini: ToscaTosca
2000Puccini: ToscaTosca

Bio

Katrina Sheppeard is one of the UK&rsquos most exciting up and coming dramatic sopranos – most recently jumping in for ENO’s Norma to great acclaim. “…magnificent…she effortlessly took control of the stage…” Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge In 2015 Katrina made her German stage debut with Theater Hagen performing the title role in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa conducted by Florian Ludwig and directed by Roman Hovenbitzer receiving two nominations from Welt am Sonntag. “…the Australian Soprano Katrina Sheppeard sings Vanessa with glowing, penetrating power…” Monika Willer, Waz.de “…a dramatic but vocally subtle interpretation of the title role…” Matthew Rye, Distant Sounds “…she sang the somewhat hysterical role with abandon. Her ‘Why did no one warn me’ had great dramatic power…” Peter Franken, operamagazine.nl Since moving to London in 2008 Katrina has worked extensively with UK companies and in particular with English National Opera. Roles covered by Katrina for ENO include Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot in Turandot, Marta in Weinberg’s The Passenger, Leonore in Fidelio, Katerina in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and most recently, Norma in Bellini’s Norma. Other UK companies Katrina has performed with are Welsh National Opera, Opera Brava, Riverside Opera, Swansea Opera, Midland Opera and Bloomsbury Opera her roles including Tosca, Aida, Turandot, Tatiana from Eugene Onegin and Rosalinda from die Fledermaus. Katrina is a prolific concert performer, her repertoire including Beethoven 9th Symphony, Strauss Four Last Songs, Verdi’s Requiem and the Wesendonck Lieder and has been invited to sing for many UK festivals including the Ealing Festival and Bloomsbury Festival. Katrina has performed with many of the world’s top conductors – Stephen Lord, Ed Gardener, Richard Hickox and Simone Young. Pianists Katrina has performed with include Dmitri Alexeev, Jayson Gillham, Richard Hetherington and Malcolm Martineau. Australian born, Katrina completed her undergraduate vocal studies at the Western Australia Conservatorium of Music. In 2002 she joined Opera Australia and remained as part of the ensemble until 2007 when she became a Young Artist for Opera Queensland. In Australia, Katrina covered and performed many roles at Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera including The Beggar Woman, Donna Elvira, Lace Seller/Russian Mother from Britten’s Death in Venice and Aphrodite and Echo in the Richard Mills’ Love of the Nightingale. For more information about Katrina please visit her Katrina Sheppeard Facebook page to read reviews and articles, see photos from performances, listen to interviews and recordings and keep up with her upcoming projects.  
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Tosca Tosca Immediately Salisbury Festival 2016
Puccini: Tosca Tosca 2000