British Soprano Katherine Crompton studied at the National Opera Studio, having previously graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she was the Independent Opera Scholar. Katherine was the winner of the Harriet Cohen Memorial Prize, the McCullough Prize for Opera and the Miriam Licette Prize. She was also the recipient of a Tutton Award and a Susan Chilcott Award and is a Britten-Pears Scholar.
Katherine has since appeared as a soloist at many opera houses throughout Europe including Liege, Florence, Avignon, Rennes, Massy and Montepulciano. She has sung for Garsington, Glyndebourne, Longborough and Independent Opera and has appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, Festival de Chaise-Dieu and London Handel Festival. Her operatic repertoire includes many Handel roles including Galatea, Esilena, Clomiri, Costanza and Merab. Other roles include First Lady, Belinda,Poppea, Pamina, Metella and Majenka. She has worked with conductors Richard Egarr, Laurence Cummings, Anthony Negus, Roland Böer and has sung with orchestras La Nuova Musica, Le Banquet Celeste and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
Katherine adores the choral repertoire and has appeared as a soloist at many venues throughout the UK including Royal Festival Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral singing repertoire from Bach's Passions to Will Todd's Jazz Mass. Her favourites include Haydn's Creation, Vaughan-Williams A Sea Symphony and Mendelssohn Elijah. A passionate recitalist Katherine has sung at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall and has sung Strauss's Four Last Songs many times, including most recently with the Oxford Sinfonia. As a keen performer of contemporary music, she recently worked with Harrison Birtwistle, performing his Niedecker Songs alongside Cellist Adrian Brendel while last year she sang in the world premièr of David Blake's Opera, Icarus, directed by Keith Warner.
Her operatic plans for the 2017/2018 season include a return to Garsington Opera to sing First Lady in a new production of Die Zauberflote with Christian Curnyn, to France and Belgium with Le Banquet Celeste to sing Galatea and on tour with Edward Higginbottom and The Instruments of Time and Truth to sing Beauty in Handel's 'Trionfo del tempo e della Verita'.
Katherine lives in St Albans with her Bass-Baritone husband, Edward Grint, and their son, who was born in December 2017.