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Katherine Wiles


Management: Australasia

Website: www.katherinewiles.org

Papagena, The Magic Flute, Opera Australia
"Katherine Wiles gave a convincing and adroit portrayal in both her incarnations, old hag/young bird!".
Jill Comerford, Opera Magazine, January 2016

“Katherine Wiles as Papagena, added sweetness to the mix”
Tom Pillans, Manly Daily, January 2015

“….His duet with Papagena, played by the effervescent Katherine Wiles, was a crowd favourite”
Eleanor Wood, Aussie Theatre, January 2015

Giannetta, Elixir of Love , Opera Australia
"Looking gorgeous in sunny yellow and pink, Katherine Wiles provides strong support in the somewhat thankless role of Giannetta". 
Siimon Parris, Man in Chair, August 2014

“Another well-cast buffa performer is Katherine Wiles as village girl Giannetta.  In the chicken coup during Act Two, Wiles effectively whips the female ensemble into a frenzy of excitement over the area’s newest eligible bachelor".  
Paul Nolan, Sydney Arts Guide, August 2014

“Their comic timing and inter-action is excellent.  As Giannetta, Katherine Wiles is girlishly flirtatious, and, whether humouring Adina, or leading the local lasses of the Chorus, her clear notes soar”.
Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers, August 2014

“As Giannetta, Katherine Wiles sang with appealing and penetrating clarity”.
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2014

The Magic Flute,  Opera Australia
“Katherine Wiles was an engaging physical and vocal presence as Papagena”
Clive Paget,  Limelight Magazine, January 2014

“………..and Katherine Wiles as Papagena, added sweetness to the mix”.
Tom Pillans ,The Telegaph,  January 2014

Orpheus in the Underworld, Opera Australia
'Superbly talented performers.......strong support continues right through the family of Gods including Katherine Wiles as the cheeky Cupid'.
Simon Parris, Man in Chair , March 2013

New Zealand born Katherine Wiles currently lives in Sydney, Australia after being based in the UK where she studied with Patricia Hay. She holds an F.T.C.L. Voice from Trinity College, London, England, a Masters in Opera from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland and a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from Auckland University, New Zealand. From 1996-1999 Katherine was a Young Artist and Chorus Member of New Zealand Opera. Katherine has been a full time member of the Opera Australia chorus since 2008.

In 2015/16 Katherine performed with Opera Australia as Papagena (The Magic Flute), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) in the Melbourne season, and Handmaiden (Turandot). She also appeared as Mrs Boxington and in the ensemble for My Fair Lady (directed by Julie Andrews) in Sydney and returns to this role for the Brisbane, Melbourne and return Sydney season in 2017

Other performances with Opera Australia have included Papagena, Giannetta (The Elixir of Love). Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld, Valencienne (The Merry Widow),  Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) on tour for OzOpera in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales, Musician (Manon Lescaut), Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music) and First Bridesmaid (The Marriage of Figaro), as well as covering the role of Betty in Bliss at the Edinburgh Festival covering Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld) and Ortlinde (Die Walküre) for Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle.

Other operatic roles include and Adina (L'elisir d'amore) for State Opera of South Australia Giannetta/Adina cover The Elixir of Love (NZO/NZ International Arts Festival); Adina The Elixir of Love (Grange Park Opera/Pimlico Opera UK Tour); Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (London Opera Players, UK); Despina Cosi fan tutte, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia, Elvira Italian Girl in Algiers, Barbarina/Susanna cover Le Nozze di Figaro (NZO); Rosina The Barber of Seville (Swansea City Opera, UK); Adele Die Fledermaus (Sevenoaks Philharmonic, UK); Olympia Les Contes D'Hoffmann (Guildford Opera, UK).  While studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Katherine performed the roles of Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Parasha (Mavra), Satirino (La Calisto), Lucy Brown (Die Dreigroschenoper) and covered the role of Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia). She also covered Despina and Euridice for Scottish Opera/RSAMD.

Concert and oratorio works include Serenade to Music with the Sydney Symphony conducted by Mark Wigglesworth; High Tea concerts at the Sydney Opera House; a series of concerts with Opus Orchestra on tour in New Zealand; Messiah for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at Sydney Opera House as well as for Auckland Choral Society and Christchurch City Choir in New Zealand and the New Zealand Premiere of Bach St. Luke Passion for Bach Musica, Bach B Minor Mass, Kantate No. 196, Magnificat, St. John Passion, Beethoven Mass in C, Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Haydn Harmonie Messe, Mariazeller Messe, Mozart Requiem, Vesperae solemnes de Confessore, Rossini Messe Solennele and Vivaldi Gloria, which she has performed throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand.

Recordings and broadcasts include Messiah "With a Voice of Singing", L'elisir d'amore and Le Nozze di Figaro.

Katherine Wiles is managed by Sarah Thomas:  sarah.thomas@artsmanagement.com.au
and Sarah Holloway:  sarah@artsmanagement.com.au
April 2017
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