Cato Fordham
Photo: Jan Willem Kaldenbach

Cato Fordham


Cato Fordham was introduced to classical music at a very early age. Already at the age of six he realised that singing is a necessity of life for him. When he was twelve years old, he was educated enough to sing the Dritter Knabe in Die Zauberflöte at English National Opera. He also sang in a recording of The Little Sweep.

After high school - and after a period working as a cowboy in Colombia - Cato started his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After this he continued his musical career as a freelancer with professional choirs, including the Monteverdi Choir, and as a soloist with various companies. His repertoire includes opera roles such as Tamino, Ferrando and Rodolfo, and the tenor solos of Die Schöpfung, Die Jahreszeiten, the Petite Messe Solennelle and Messiah.

Since 2002 Cato has been a first tenor of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. As a member of the Chorus he has participated in dozens of different productions and hundreds of performances and has performed solos in Der Rosenkavalier, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and Der Schatzgräber.