Catherine May began her vocal studies in Canada, and continued in the U.K. at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by the Peter Moores Foundation, and in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. Her operatic engagements include roles and covers with English National Opera, MidWales Opera, Scottish Opera on tour, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera and Diva Opera. She is an alumnus of British Youth Opera.
Most recently, Catherine has appeared onstage in the Almeida Theatre’s sold-out run of Bakkhai, and As You Like It for the National Theatre, in both singing the music of Orlando Gough.
Devoted to the development of new works, she worked for the ROH’s Vox programme for composers, and appeared in several seasons of their popular Exposure new opera cabaret. Her contemporary opera roles include Pretty Polly cover (Punch & Judy) for ENO, 1st Servant in Almeida Opera’s premiere of Param Vir’s Ion, Amy in the Canadian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Hanako (Philip Glass’ The Sound of a Voice) at the Grimeborn Festival, and Zoe/Cloacina in Evangelia Rigaki’s Antimidas. While still a student, she gave the European premiere of John Corigliano’s Mr Tambourine Man: Seven Settings of Poems by Bob Dylan.
As a concert soloist, she has appeared with the RLPO, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St Thomas, the Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra, and in recital at the Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson. Her recordings include Gliere’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano with the Academy of St Thomas and Christopher Adey, conductor.
A dual Canadian and British citizen, she lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, conductor Matthew Andrews, and young son, Joseph.