EMI Classics has expanded its roster with London-born unsigned soprano Kate Royal, whose first recording is scheduled for a summer 2007 release.

EMI Classics has expanded its roster with London-born unsigned soprano Kate Royal, whose first recording is scheduled for a summer 2007 release.

EMI Classics' latest addition, the first significant signing under the reign of new president Costa Pilavachi, is not totally new to the recording experience.

Royal is the guest lead soprano on Sir Paul McCartney's recently released classical recording "Ecce Cor Meum" (EMI Classics).

However, she has built up a significant portfolio of live performances, including operas and other works by Mozart and Brahms. She is also currently the female lead in the opera "The Turn of the Screw" at the U.K.'s Glyndeboune on Tour (an extension of the renowned annual Glyndebourne Festival in south-east England).

She will appear for live performances of Paul McCartney's album "Ecce Cor Meum" at London's Royal Albert Hall (Nov. 3) and New York's Carnegie Hall (Nov. 14).

Other forthcoming dates in 2007 and 2008 include her singing at the London Wigmore Hall (Jan. 10); the Netherlands' Amsterdam Concertgebouw (Jan. 16) and Enschede Twentse Schouwburg (Jan. 18); Austria's Salzburg Festival (Aug. 12) and London's Royal Opera House (Jan. 28-Feb. 22, 2008).

"Her rise to stardom is inevitable and we at EMI Classics are thrilled to be her partners in this adventure," Pilavachi said.