Katy Bingham-Best

(Opera and Concert Singer)

   

Biography for Katy Bingham-Best

Katy Bingham-Best made her professional debut as Carmen on tour with Co-Opera. She later repeated the role for Opera Box in theatres throughout the UK.

Her other roles include Isabella in Rossini's 'Italian Girl in Algiers', Rosina in 'Barber of Seville,' Bradamante in 'Alcina,' Malcolm in 'La Donna del Lago,' Ulrica in 'A Masked Ball,' Miss Baggott in 'The Little Sweep,' Florence Pike in 'Albert Herring,' Mistress Quickly in 'Falstaff' , Meg Page in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor,' Suzuki in 'Madam Butterfly,' Dame Carruthers in 'Yeomen of the Guard', Katisha in 'The Mikado,' Queen Elizabeth in 'Merrie England' and Filipyevna in 'Eugene Onegin'.

She appeared in two Opera North productions and toured the Middle and Far East as Maddalena in 'Rigoletto.' In Zimbabwe she played Third Lady in 'Magic Flute' for Pegasus Opera, and played La Maestra della Novizie in 'Suor Angelica,' directed by Simon Callow and broadcast on Classic FM.

At Buxton Opera House she played Lady Blanche in 'Princess Ida' and Buttercup in 'HMS Pinafore,' for the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.

She has also performed as an oratorio soloist throughout Britain and at major London venues such as Southwark Cathedral, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John’s Smith Square.

Katy made her Cadogan Hall debut for Islington Choral Society's 40th birthday celebrations as the soloist in Elgar's 'The Music Makers', and among other appearances for the Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir, was guest soloist at the choir's annual Barbican concert.

With her wide-ranging repertoire, Katy has appeared frequently with entertainment groups such as Cameo Opera and Not Pavarotti, performing a huge variety of arias and extracts from opera, operetta and song at dinners, clubs and other functions.

She has also given many recitals in recent years such as at the Soundbites series in Hertford, lunchtime concerts in Colchester and Maldon, and for Southend Italian Circle.

With a developing specialism in character roles, recent highlights include Zita in 'Gianni Schicchi' at the Arcola Theatre's Grimeborn Festival, being a featured soloist in The Magic of Kentish Opera Gala, playing Ruth in a sold-out run of 'Pirates of Penzance' for St Albans Chamber Opera, and Madame Armfeldt in 'A Little Night Music' for Irrational Theatre.

Katy's first CD, Tree time - a collection of tree themed songs - was launched at the 60 Trees art exhibition in Ullacombe Farm Barn, Bovey Tracey in May.

After working as one of the guest soloists on a Gilbert and Sullivan cruise down the Rhine, among her forthcoming engagements are reprising the role of Tonia (aka Tonio) in 'I Pagliacci' for Irrational Theatre at the Kings Head, Islington, and playing Dame Hannah in ‘Ruddigore’ for St Albans Chamber Opera.