Born in London, Kate Royal studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award.
In concert she has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle (BBC Proms and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden), the Bach Akademie Stuttgart and Helmuth Rilling, at the Edinburgh Festival with Sir Charles Mackerras, the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington with Rilling, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vassily Petrenko, the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala Milan with Myung-Whun Chung, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Pablo Heras-Casado, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Adès, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra with Alan Gilbert, Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst, Le Concert d’Astree with Emanuelle Haïm, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Robin Ticciati, the Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen, the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Jiri Belohlavek, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Nézet-Séguin, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding at the Baltic Sea Festival and the BBC Proms, and both the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Sir Simon Rattle. She has appeared in recital throughout Europe and North America.
In opera she has sung Marschallin (Strauss Der Rosenkavalier), Pamina (Mozart Die Zauberflöte), Micaela (Bizet Carmen), Female Chorus (Britten The Rape of Lucretia) and Donna Elvira (Mozart Don Giovanni) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Pamina for the Baden-Baden Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Rattle, the Lucerne Festival with Harding, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Countess (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro) and Governess (Britten The Turn of the Screw) for Glyndebourne on Tour; Helena (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for both the Teatro Real, Madrid and the Glyndebourne Festival; Poppea (Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea) for English National Opera; Miranda (Ades The Tempest) for the Royal Opera; Handel L’Allegro for the Opéra National de Paris and Countess Almaviva for the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Euridice (Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice) returning for Micaela (Bizet Carmen).
She has recorded Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Manchester Camerata, and Schumann Liederkreis with Graham Johnson for Hyperion. In October 2006 she signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics for whom her first solo recording was a musical portrait with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Edward Gardner, followed by 20th century arias (Midsummer Night) with the Orchestra of English National Opera and Gardner, and a solo recital disc with Malcolm Martineau (A Lesson in Love).