Irish mezzo soprano, Kate Allen, has enjoyed international recognition for her performances in Europe and the USA. She began her studies at the DIT Conservatory in Dublin, Ireland and went on to become the first Irish singer to win a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she performed in a wide range of repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky.
While in the USA, she was accepted as vocal scholar for two consecutive years into therenowned mezzo, Marilyn Horne’s, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She also enjoyed a very successful summer at San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program. During her time there, she was awarded the prestigious Zheng Cao Memorial Scholarship for ‘Outstanding Mezzo Soprano’ and performed the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
Kate has made memorable debuts including Northern Ireland Opera, the Ulster Orchestra, Festspiele Immling, Theater Ulm, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, La Fenice, Santa Barbara Opera, L’Arpa Festante Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Theatre Company.
She has worked under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, Rafael Payare, GiuseppeFinzi and Alexander Lazarev. Current and upcoming engagements include her role debut as Princess Eboli in Don Carlo and her debut with Opernfestspiele Heidenheimunder Maestro Bosch as well as Kate joining the ensemble at Theater Augsburg for the18/19 season.
Kate has received many acclaimed awards: these include the Audience Choice Aria Prize and Bursary at the 2014 Wexford Festival, First Prize at San Francisco district Metropolitan National Council Auditions and winner of the East Bay Opera League Bursary. She has also been invited to take part in the Berlin Opera Studio and the Beyreuth festival Junger Kunstler.