Kate Amos is fast becoming one of Australia’s most artistically versatile and highly sought-after young sopranos.
Melbourne-born lyric coloratura soprano, Kate holds a BMus (Perf) with Honours, Dip. Lang (Italian) and Masters of Music (Opera Performance) from The University of Melbourne. Kate recently returned from Cardiff, Wales after completing an Advanced Masters in Opera at the Welsh International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of renowned international tenor Dennis O’Neill.
In 2014 she was selected to join the Young Artist Program with the Victorian Opera performing leading and supporting roles and in 2018 is delighted to be making her principal artist debut with Opera Australia.
Prior to University, Kate was an elite competitive swimmer headed for Olympic glory, but after making a tough choice between swimming and singing, Kate has gone on to become an artist who excels in a wide range of musical styles; showcasing unique vocal versatility in performing repertoire that spans across the varying genres of opera, operetta, music theatre and song.
In 2016, Kate performed the title role in Cendrillon by Massenet, covered soprano Emma Mathews as Orlando/Selena in world-premiere baroque pastiche opera Voyage to the Moon and study-covered Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with Victorian Opera sung by Jessica Pratt.
Making her debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Kate performed the Fauré Requiem at City Recital Hall, Sydney, sang the Minstrel in Laughter & Tears (including I Pagliacci) with Victorian Opera, and Milly in the Australian premiere of Williamson’s Our Man in Havana with Lyric Opera of Melbourne, for which she was awarded “Best Actress in a Supporting Role in an Opera” by The Australian and Opera Chaser critic; Paul Selar.
Performing in Victorian Opera's main stage productions 2014-2016, roles included Annina [cover]/Violetta [study cover] La Traviata; Elvira [study cover] I Puritani; premiere work The 7 Deadly Sins; Johanna [cover] Sweeney Todd; Taumännchen Hänsel & Gretel; as well as chorus in Der Fliegende Holländer; Norma, I Puritani, and La Traviata.
Additional performing credits: Phoebe The Yeomen of the Guard, Yum-Yum The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria); Johanna Sweeney Todd (UHT Melbourne University); title role Catherine The Red Apple/Pomme d’Api (Lyric Opera of Melbourne); Christine The Phantom of the Opera (Windmill Theatre) earning Kate a Lyrebird Award as “Best Actress in Leading Role in a Musical”, and chorus in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia).
Concert work; Faure Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Brahms Liebeslieder Op. 52. Guest soloist in the NYE Concerts (Sydney Opera House & Hamer Hall Melbourne), with Australian Pops Orchestra conducted by John Foreman alongside popular artists; Dennis Walter, Kate Cebrano, and Mark Vincent
Numerous awards consist of the Melbourne Male Welsh Choir Singer of the Year; 2016-2017, Sleath Lowrey scholarship 2014; Lisa Gasteen National Opera scholarship; AME ‘Opera Scholar of the Year’ joint-winner 2011.
A 2014 IFAC Australian Singing Competition finalist, Kate sang with the AOBO in Sydney, conducted by maestro Johannes Fritzsch winning several distinguished prizes including UK Royal Overseas-League Bursary and Italian Merenda Scholarship. Kate travelled on scholarship to Jesi, Italy, winning the Italian Acclaim study-award in conjunction with Teatro Pergolesi and in 2017, was invited to undertake a scholarship to attend the “Bel Canto Festival” in Montisi, Italy to study with acclaimed soprano Maria Constanza Nocentini sponsored by Jessica Pratt.
Engagements for 2017 season included; Brahms Requiem debut (St. Martin-in-the-Fields) London, Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Despina in Così Fan Tutte (Mediterranean Opera Festival) in Sicily, Italy.
Kate is classically trained in ballet (RADA) and has also graduated from several NIDA Acting Technique Courses.