Kathleen Wilkinson


Kathleen Wilkinson

Ursule: Béatrice et Bénédict / Scottish Chamber Orchestra

“Sally Matthews and Kathleen Wilkinson stole the show with the breathtakingly beautiful ”Vous soupirez Madame?” Their blended voices etched against the shadowy tapestry of the sound that Ticciati conjured. Just exquisite”

The Scotsman


“Kathleen Wilkinson’s Ursule was a lovely thing.”

The Times


Mrs Herring: Albert Herring / Glyndebourne On Tour

“Kathleen Wilkinson was a suitably smothering Mrs Herring…”



Mrs Herring: Albert Herring / The Grange Festival

“Kathleen Wilkinson is trenchant as (Albert’s) overbearing mother…”

The Guardian


“Kathleen Wilkinson’s Mrs Herring sang eloquently whether scolding or despairing.”

Music OMH


Auntie: Peter Grimes / Opéra de Lyon

“The roles of the villagers were perfectly played, above all by Kathleen Wilkinson and Rosalind Plowright who were both perfect and without caricature as Auntie and Mrs Sedley.”



“Kathleen Wilkinson is a formidable Auntie.”



“Kathleen Wilkinson’s pungent Auntie.”

Opera News


Cleaning Lady: The Makopoulos Case / English National Opera

“The Cleaning Lady was sumptuously sung by Kathleen Wilkinson.“

The Sunday Times


Brigitta: Die tote Stadt / Royal Opera, London

“There is a fine performance by Kathleen Wilkinson as Brigitta, Paul’s loyal housekeeper. Hers is a firm and powerful voice from a singer who, despite the brevity of the role, leaves a lasting impassion.”

The Daily Express


“Other major plaudits should go to Kathleen Wilkinson as Brigitta. The opening ten minutes of the opera were made by her presence and I applaud the Royal Opera House for employing this British singer in the role.”

Entartete Music


“…although Brigitta is not a large part, Kathleen Wilkinson made it her own with her endearingly fussy solicitude.”

The Independent


“British mezzo-soprano Kathleen Wilkinson was very impressive as Brigitta.”

Musical America


“Kathleen Wilkinson captured both the caring and disapproving side of Paul’s housekeeper, Brigitta…”

Musical Criticism


“The best singing came from British mezzo Kathleen Wilkinson as Birgitta. Firm of tone, well modulated, gracefully phrased and with good diction.”



Nurse / Old Woman: Inés de Castro / Scottish Opera

“Kathleen Wilkinson reprised her original role magnificently, helping both Inés and later the King to shed their worldly outer garments before passing on.”



“Kathleen Wilkinson excelled in the role of the Nurse / Old Woman.”



Marcellina: Le nozze di Figaro / Opéra de Rennes

“Kathleen Wilkinson is an excellent Marcellina, forsaking caricature to create a very human character.”

Forum Opéra


Mère Jeanne: Dialogues des Carmélites / Grange Park Opera

“Of the other nuns, Kathleen Wilkinson stood out as a sympathetic Mère Jeanne…”

Opera Britannia


Mother Goose: The Rake’s Progress / Royal Opera, London

“Kathleen Wilkinson made Mother Goose a perfect study in raddled voluptuousness.”

Opera News


“Kathleen Wilkinson’s strongly sung and characterised Mother Goose appeared well capable of running a brothel.”

The Stage


Filippyevna: Eugene Onegin / Garsington Opera at Wormsley

“Kathleen Wilkinson's fruity mezzo made for a perfectly doughty Filippyevna…”



“Kathleen Wilkinson and Louise Winter broadened the respective roles of Filippyevna and Madame Larina into telling portraits…”

Classical Source


“Kathleen Wilkinson is an outstanding, full-voiced Filippyevna.”

The Critics’ Circle


“Kathleen Wilkinson makes the most of the spotlight as Filippyevna.”

Financial Times


“…a Filippyevna whose contralto timbre is pure old Russia.”

The Independent


 “Kathleen Wilkinson made the most of Filippyevna, her story told to her ‘dove’ about her early marriage and going to live amongst strangers, the moving interlude it ought to be.”

Music OMH


“…there was a touching Filippyevna from Kathleen Wilkinson.”



“Kathleen Wilkinson brought an amiable, earthy humour…”

Seen and Heard International


“Kathleen Wilkinson, a sympathetic Nurse…”

Sunday Times


"We ache for aged nursemaid Filippyevna's arthritic joints as the excellent Kathleen Wilkinson lugs heavy chairs from room to room.”

What’s On Stage


Filipyevna: Eugene Onegin / Royal Opera, London

“Musically the evening has many fine qualities…with fine cameos from Diana Montague’s Larina and Kathleen Wilkinson’s Nurse”

The Times


“....excellent support from Kathleen Wilkinson, Diana Montague and Elena Maximova.”

The Guardian


“Diana Montague and Kathleen Wilkinson almost stole the show with their fine portrayals of Larina and Filipyevna, both richly sung”

Seen and Heard International


Mistress Quickly: Falstaff / Glyndebourne On Tour

“Kathleen Wilkinson’s Mistress Quickly was good fun.”

The Guardian


"Kathleen Wilkinson played a sturdy Mistress Quickly, sung in a strong, muscular mezzo."



“Its assets are several: notably Kathleen Wilkinson’s loveable battle-axe turn as Mistress Quickly.”

The Standard


“Kathleen Wilkinson’s resinous Mistress Quickly has charm.”

The Times


Lady in Waiting” Macbeth / Opéra de Lyon

“(Kathleen Wilkinson), whose voice soars over the ensembles without difficulty.”

Le Monde


Janacek Katya Kabanova (role of Glasha)
Cheryl Barker, Jane Henschel, Victoria Simmonds, Robert Brubaker, Peter Hoare, Peter Wedd, Gwynne Howell
Welsh National Opera / Carlos Rizzi
Chandos CD CHAN 3145

Janacek The Makropulos Case (role of Cleaner)
Cheryl Barker, Elena Xanthoudakis, Robert Brubaker, Graham Clark,
John Graham-Hall, Thomas Walker, John Wegner
English National Opera / Sir Charles Mackerras
Chandos CD CHAN 3138

Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin (role of Filipyevna)
Krassimira Stoyanova, Elena Maximova, Diana Montague, Pavol Breslik, Simon Keenlyside, Peter Rose
Royal Opera, London / Robin Ticciati
Opus Arte DVD OA 1067D / Blu Ray OABD 7100D

Kathleen Wilkinson sings Korngold: Die tote Stadt - Behutsam! Hier ist alles alt Opera