Kate Carver is based in Toronto, and is in great demand as a private vocal coach and accompanist. She has worked as repetiteur and coach with the Canadian Opera Company, the University of Toronto’s Opera Division, and Opera York. She has been on staff in the voice program at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York, as well as the University of Montreal, and has played for many masterclasses with world class visiting artists.
“There’s an 8-piece band which provides plenty of colour… It’s all directed from the piano by Kate Carver who keeps it all on track even in the complicated ensemble numbers.”
– John Gilks, operaramblings.blog
(A Northern Lights Dream, Michael Rose)
After receiving her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music from McGill university, Kate spent several years in London, England, where she studied with master voice coaches Martin Isepp and Graham Johnson at the Britten-Pears School, received a Vocal Coaching/Repetiteur Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music, and was sponsored by the Friends of Covent Garden Bursary to attend the prestigious National Opera Studio, where she continued her studies with Martin Isepp among others. Kate was attracted back to Canada by a position as Apprentice Coach with the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble program.
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“Our conductor, accompanist and coach Kate Carver led the rehearsal with a deep commitment to Michael Rose’s score. Every tempo was honoured and Kate cross-referenced her piano score with the instrumental score very carefully to be sure that everything was inline…
Admiringly she’d say, “This is such an incredible score, who’d think to use a recorder here? Michael, that’s who.”
Kate has a gentle touch which was needed. When you are working on a new score, you can’t cheat and listen to other singers. You have to make it your own, which can be daunting, but it’s also an opportunity. It’s not easy to put a bunch of singers at ease. On the rare occasion where she might have a disagreement with the composer (in front of the cast) she’d beam and casually call over her shoulder, “Mommy and daddy are fighting.” We all had too much on our plates to let egos get in the way.”