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 Ghent, 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 Beauty, 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, Edward Higginbottom, Anthony Negus, Roland Böer and has sung with orchestras City of London Sinfonia, La Nuova Musica, Le Banquet Celeste, Instruments of Time and Truth 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 and she sang in the world premièr of David Blake's Opera, Icarus, directed by Keith Warner.
In 2020 Katherine was due to travel to Norway to sing Mozart's Requiem with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra under Paul Agnew, to Oxford to sing Beethoven Missa Solemnis at the Sheldonian Theatre, to St Albans Abbey to sing Rossini Stabat Mater and Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music and to St Paul's Cathedral to sing Mozart's Requiem with the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia. In 2021/22 Katherine will return to Norway to appear with Paul Agnew and the TSO, sing Galatea for Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company and cover in Verdi’s Luisa Miller at Glyndebourne for Enrique Mazzola.
Katherine lives in Bedfordshire with her Bass-Baritone husband, Edward Grint, and their two children.