Kate Quartano Brown

Kate Quartano Brown read English at Oxford and studied singing in Austria before becoming a director. She has worked with most of the major British opera companies, and across Europe and the US.  She was the first woman to direct Handel operas at the festivals of Göttingen (Riccardo Primo) and Halle (Flavio).  Glasgow’s Tramway saw her first modern productions of the operas of Rospigliosi (Pope Clement IX). Modern opera productions include the premieres of Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel for the Almeida, London, and G.P.Cribari’s Las Escondidas in Glasgow.  In addition, she has written and produced numerous smaller-scale pieces based around the music of Purcell (An Elegy for Mr Purcell), Hildegard of Bingen (A Conversation with Angels), Haydn (Lady Hamilton’s Attitudes), and ancient Scottish and Galician chant and songs (Celtic Voyages). She is very interested in how practising contemporary acting techniques can illuminate the performance of early opera, and was given an STR award for her Passions Project (in association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

Website:  cockaigne.org.uk

Contact Email Address: str@cockaigne.org.uk

Research Interests

Opera, theatre, dance, particularly 1600 – 1830
Performance history and practice, with focus on baroque/ classical acting theory and practice 1600 – 1830
Theatre architecture and machinery of all periods, particular interest in lighting.


22nd May 2024

An answer for Gary Naylor

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13th November 2022

Mr Dickens and Master Betty

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7th April 2022

Where is Captain Hook?

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18th October 2019

Liverpool theatrical treasure trove

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8th March 2019

Membership Matters

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24th February 2019

Place a Notice here!

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24th November 2018

Smedley on Smedley

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13th November 2018

Response to Darren Smith

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6th November 2018

Can anyone identify this quotation?

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24th July 2018

New monograph on Thomas ‘Jupiter’ Harris

Kate Quartano Brown