Vocal alumnus joins the National Opera Studio

Kate Howden

Trinity Laban alumnus Kate Howden (BMus, 2011) is one of just three mezzo-sopranos to be awarded a place at the National Opera Studio starting in September 2015.

Australian-born Kate, who studied at Trinity Laban for four years, gained one of only 12 available places, beating off competition from 250 other auditionees.

Kate says: “I'm very excited to be starting at the National Opera Studio in September. This is a great opportunity to train further in a professional environment linked to the main UK opera companies. Previous trainees have gone on to have very successful careers in opera and I can only hope to follow in their footsteps. My teacher whilst at Trinity Laban, Ameral Gunson, really inspired me to pursue opera and helped me a lot during my time there, especially in developing my technique and stagecraft skills.”

The National Opera Studio is one of the most renowned opera training pathways in the UK. Trainees are typically sponsored by one of the UK’s major opera companies, and during their year of study they work with top coaches and conductors in the hope of making a smooth transition into professional opera after completing their training.

Head of Vocal Studies Linda Hirst says “Kate has all the attributes she needs, and the time to develop them. We will see a great future career emerge. She was always focused, and worked steadily to achieve a really solid technique which then was at the service of her musicality and personality.”

Trinity Laban’s Vocal Studies programme offers versatile, high quality training which allows singers to develop in the way that is best suited to them as individual performers. Vocal Studies alumni are engaged in a wide range of impressive careers in opera, as soloists and as professional ensemble musicians. Find out how to apply on the Trinity Laban website.