Judith Howarth studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama with Patricia McMahon, before joining The Royal Opera as a Principal at the age of twenty one. During nine seasons there roles included;
Un Ballo in Maschera,
Troilus and Cressida and
Marguerite de Valois
Les Huguenots. Amongst many career highlights at ROH, Judith also performed Elisir D’Amore
along-side Luciano Pavarotti and the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus in a tribute to Joan
Sutherland with Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne and Joan Sutherland.
Subsequent engagements include;
Peter Grimes (Toulouse; Santiago de Chile);
Intermezzo (Santa Fe),
Pagliacci, four soprano roles
Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Florida Grand Opera);
Fedora with Placido Domingo & Mirella Freni (Washington Grand Opera);
La Traviata (Minnesota; ENO; Glyndebourne);
Turandot (Staatsoper, Berlin);
La Fille du Régiment (Geneva),
Cio Cio San
Madama Butterfly (Minnesota);
Nixon in China (Athens). For English National Opera;
The Pearl Fishers,
The Turk in Italy,
Nixon in China,
Rigoletto, title role in Anthony Minghella’s
On the Concert platform Judith has toured with Plàcido Domingo to Seattle, Australasia, Brussels & Amsterdam and starred with Jose Carreras at the Birmingham International Arena. She has performed Strauss Four Last Songs in Vienna with Sir Simon Rattle and performed world-wide with leading conductors including Solti, Sinopoli, Sir Charles Mckerras, Geoffrey Tate, John Elliot Gardner, Zubin Mehta, Haitink, Ozawa, Pretre & Sir Edward Downes to name but a few.
Recent engagements include
Faust (Minnesota Opera);
Cio Cio San
Madama Butterfly (English National Opera & Welsh National Opera);
Don Giovanni (Amsterdam & Helsinki); Future Engagements include
Cio Cio San
Madama Butterfly (Finnish National Opera) title role
Maria Stuarda (Minnesota Opera).
Judith has a discography of over thirty recordings including Cressida in Walton’s Troilus and Cressida which won the ‘Gramaphone’ Opera Recording of the Year and a new release of I Normanni A Parigi by Mercadante due out in November 2010. She also has many TV and video recordings including Der Schauspieldirektor from Buckingham Palace, Philidor’s Tom Jones from Drottningholm and various ROH Opera recordings.