A double dose of delight as not one, but two of ENO’s Harewood Artists are representing England in the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World 2013. Soprano Katherine Broderick and tenor Ben Johnson are among 20 singers competing for the title in this year’s 30th anniversary competition. Since joining the Harewood programme, both artists have gone on to perform a number of roles for ENO.
Katherine most recently sang in Jonathan Miller’s production of The Barber of Seville, with The Guardian praising her as‘a vibrant and well sung Berta’. She also reprised her role as Donna Anna in Rufus Norris’s production of Don Giovanni. Before joining the Harewood programme Katherine completed her studies at the National Opera Studio, having won the Gold Medal at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She was the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2007.
Having quickly established himself as one of the most exciting tenors of his generation, Ben Johnson’s opera engagements for the ENO include: Nemorino inThe Elixir of Love, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Most recently played Alfredo in Peter Konwitschny’s acclaimed production of La traviata, with The Times describing his performances as ‘a knock out’. Johnson studied with Neil Mackie and Tim Evans-Jones at the Royal College of Music and now continues as a student of Jeffrey Talbot. He won the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2008 and was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2010 – 2012.
The competition is being broadcast across BBC TV & Radio this week - see the full schedule. You can watch the first concert round, featuring Katherine, on BBC Four tonight at 7.30pm (18 June).
Best of luck to both of our singers!