Kate Royal: London, England
Soprano and award-winning opera singer Kate Royal may not be a member of England’s royal family, but she has a voice that is supremely regal. The sexy siren is an EMI Classics recording artist, who makes her home in London with her husband, British heartthrob Julian Ovenden, an accomplished singer and actor (“Any Human Heart”-PBS). When Kate is not recording classic works such as Midsummer Night or Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, she is performing with acclaimed international symphonies and operas including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Opera. A favorite of famed British conductor Sir Simon Rattle, featured on Paul McCartney’s recording of Ecce Cor Meum, as well as the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award winner, Kate’s star status continues to climb. Moreover, in the spring of 2011, Ms. Royal made her highly anticipated debut with The Metropolitan Opera, starring in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Kate’s love of diverse music also includes fellow distinguished British artists, music legends The Kinks, and iconic songstress Kate Bush. With Kate Royal the British Invasion continues!
Go to iTunes to download Kate Royal’s latest recording, A Lesson in Love and visit EMI.com!
The Concierge Questionnaire: Kate Royal, Opera Singer
What is your favorite word to describe London? Contradictory.
What word best reflects the people of London? Tough.
What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in London?
Halfway across Waterloo Bridge.
Waterloo Bridge is a main road and foot traffic bridge, crossing the River Thames between Blackfriars Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. Named in memory of the British victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the bridge is provides clear views of London.
What is your favorite outdoor activity in London?
Hanging out at the Brockwell Lido on one of the few hot days we get late summer- it’s like a South London version of an LA pool party.
Originally opened in 1937, Brockwell Lido has undergone several major refurbishments, including the recent addition of new changing rooms, a luxurious hydrotherapy area and three new exercise studios.
Brockwell Lido: Brockwell Park, Herne Hill
Hours: April-October, Monday-Friday 6:30am-10pm,
Saturday 7:30am-9:30pm and Sunday 7:30am-9pm
What is your favorite indoor activity in London?
Meeting girlfriends for dinner on Bermondsey Street.
The Bermondsey area has a hip restaurant, bar, art gallery and shopping scene, as well as being home of the Design Museum and Tate Modern.
What is your favorite sound or noise in London?
The old engine squeak of the 37 Bus.
What is your favorite smell or taste in London?
Steak tartare at The Wolseley.
The Wolseley: 160 Piccadilly
Please visit The Wolseley for detailed breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner service hours!
What drink best reflects London?
London Pride real ale.
Fuller, Smith & Turner P.L.C., has been crafting quality beers at the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, and running “an estate of over 360 pubs across the South of England” since 1845.
London Pride, the award-winning beer for which Fuller’s is most famous, is “known and loved for its distinctive, rounded flavor.”
What song or type of music best reflects London?
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks.
If Heaven were London, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates? Be careful this place can appear cold and heartless, but give it a chance and you'll reap the rewards.
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