Judith Howarth: Soprano
Judith Howarth recently sang Lady Macbeth for Grange Festival to critical acclaim and first came to public attention when she joined the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as a Principal aged twenty one. There she sang many roles including Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera, Musetta La bohème, Liu Turandot, Gilda Rigoletto, Morgana Alcina, Norina Don Pasquale, Cressida Troilus and Cressida and Marguerite Les Huguenots.
Subsequent engagements include Elisabetta Don Carlo for Finnish National Opera, Ellen Orford Peter Grimes at the Deutsche Opera, Berlin, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Santiago de Chile, Oviedo and English National Opera, Christine Intermezzo and Aithra Die ägyptische Helena in Santa Fe, Nedda I Pagliacci and all four soprano roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Florida Grand Opera, Olga Fedora for the Washington National Opera, Violetta La traviatafor the Minnesota Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne and Liu at the Staatsoper, Berlin, Dalila Samson (Handel) for the Netherlands Opera, Marie La fille du régiment in Geneva and Madame Mao Nixon in China for ENO and in Athens and New York. Judith has also sung the title role in Madama Butterfly in Helsinki, Minnesota and for ENO and WNO, the title role of Maria Stuarda in Minnesota, Elgar Caractacus at the Three Choirs Festival with Sir Andrew Davis, the Glagolitic Mass and Dvorak Te Deum with CBSO at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Verdi Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall.
On the concert platform Judith has toured with Plàcido Domingo to Seattle, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Brussels and Amsterdam, going on to sing Strauss’s Four Last Songs in Vienna conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Her festival appearances include Aix-en-Provence, The Proms, Tanglewood, Edinburgh and Salzburg. She has worked with many distinguished conductors including Georges Prêtre, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Georg Solti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abbado, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Seiji Ozawa.
Judith has appeared on television world-wide with a discography of more than 30 recordings including; Troilus and Cressida, conducted by Richard Hickox (winner of Gramophone Magazine’s Opera of the Year), Il Segreto di Susanna with the Oviedo Filarmonia (under Friedrich Haider), the title role in Mercadante’sMaria Stuarda, Regina di Scozia for Opera Rara and Mahler Symphony No. 8 under LPO’s own recording label.
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Opera Caledonia engagements: Vocal Studio Course Faculty member 2023, “Viva l’amore”.