Catrin Woodruff is a Welsh soprano now based in Sussex. She trained at the University of York and the Royal Northern College of Music, and continues her vocal studies with Louise Winter. During the course of her training, Catrin received numerous awards, including The Manchester Welsh Society award in both 2012 and 2014, and in 2013 was a finalist in the W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship Prize at the National Eisteddfod. In August 2016, she won first prize in the prestigious “LlaisLlwyfanLlambed” competition for young singers at Eisteddfod Rhys Thomas James Panyfedwen.
Catrin is a busy freelance artist, regularly performing in operas and concerts in the UK and abroad. Recent highlights include a reimagined Purcell project titled Dido & (Second Witch) with Helios Collective, Stanford’s little-known operatic adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice) for the Northern Opera Group, a touring production of Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri (Elvira) with Pop-up Opera, Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna) at Berwick Opera Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, Madama Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton and chorus) and Don Giovanni (chorus) with Bergen Nasjonale Opera, and Dido and Aeneas (Dido) with the Brighton Early Music Festival Community Chorus. Recent concert performances include numerous solo engagements at St. Martin-in-the-Fields (an opera gala evening, Brahms’ German Requiem, Bach and Handel cantatas), Handel's Acis and Galatea at the Brighton Early Music Festival, Bach’s St. John Passion and Purcell's The Fairy Queen with the East Sussex Bach Choir.
Catrin is also a keen performer of ensemble and consort music, and has appeared with numerous groups including Echoris, the RNCM Chamber Choir and The 24. She is a regular extra-soprano for acclaimed Norwegian ensemble Edvard Grieg Kor, with whom she has recorded Elgar's King Olaf under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder and Janacek's Glagolitic Mass conducted by Edward Gardner, both released under the Chandos label.
Future engagements include Brahms’ German Requiem and Peter Grimes with Edvard Grieg Kor, a series of musical theatre and operetta workshops for schools with Clonter Opera, and a recital of music by female composers in conjunction with the Women’s Equality Party. Catrin has recently been awarded a scholarship to study at The Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and will commence her studies there in September.
Catrin is delighted to be joining Pop-up Opera this summer to sing the role of Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto.
Press from previous shows with Pop-up:
"Catrin Woodruff's crystal clear soprano might well have been heard on the other end of the tunnel in Wapping, so much did it fill the space" - Broadway World, L’Italiana in Algeri
"Catrin Woodruff has a sweet and clear soprano as Elvira" - Music OMH, L’Italiana in Algeri