Last night we went to a recital by the 2011 Ferrier Award Winner, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately whom we had recently seen as Teodata in ETO's excellent Flavio. For her recital she was accompanied by Gamal Khamis. The first half was an excellently balanced selection of songs setting Shakespeare ranging from Purcell's If music be the food of Love to Berlioz's La Mort d'Ophelie, taking in Arne, Schubert, Britten and Quilter; providing some dramatic grit was Joseph Horovitz's terrific A scena from Lady Macbeth (written in 1970). After the interval the French mood continued in fine style with Debussy's Trois Chansons de Bilitis and 3 Duparc songs. She has a lovely, vibrant voice and the way she performed the French items made me think that hearing her on stage in Berlioz would be a complete delight.
Whately has a number of recitals scheduled as part of the Ferrier Award, so do catch her. Also, she is appearing at the Wigmore Hall with last year's Ferrier Award winner, Njabula Madlala .