Biography of May Catherine:
Catherine May was born and educated in Canada, and came to the UK in 1998 to pursue postgraduate studies at the RNCM with Barbara Robotham, receiving a PPRNCM diploma in June 2001. Catherine’s professional operatic experience includes Euridice/Orfeo for the Purcell Quartet Opera Group tour of Japan, Anne Trulove/The Rake’s Progress for Guildford Opera, Cleopatra/Julius Caesar for the Creakes Baroque Sinfonia and Operatic Ensemble, 1st Servant/Ion for Almeida Opera, and Barbarina/The Marriage of Figaro for Clonter Opera. Her upcoming projects include Zerbinetta/Ariadne auf Naxos for the Britten-Pears School and Pamina/Die Zauberflöte for Opera by Definition and Euridice (cover)/Orpheus in the Underworld for British Youth Opera. She also performs regularly in oratorio, most recently appearing with the North London Chorus as Handel’s Theodora and in Poulenc’s Gloria and with the Purcell Singers in a recording of cantatas by Ott and Schmidlin for Guild Records. Catherine appears in recital with pianist Lindy Tennent-Brown. In December 2000, they gave the European premiere of Corigliano’s song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Settings of Poems by Bob Dylan. Catherine’s professional development is generously supported by a grant from the Peter Moores Foundation. She was a finalist in the Elizabeth Harwood Prize (2001) and the Frederic Cox Award (2000). In 1997, she was the Grand Prize winner of the Guelph Spring Festival Edward Johnson Competition.