- Katherine Blumenthal
two-time Metropolitan Opera district winner and regional finalist
in 2008 and 2009, in 2010 she was awarded a grant at the Giulio
Gari International Singing Competition in New York. She moved
to Europe after completing a Master of Music degree in vocal
performance at the New England Conservatory, Boston, where she
was awarded a distinction in performance and a Bachelor of Arts
degree with highest honours in music and French literature from
Emory University in Atlanta. She also studied composition at
the Conservatoire International de Paris.
she reprised the role of Musetta in the Clapham Opera Festival's
La Bohème and covered Lakmé with Opera Holland
Park as part of the Christine Collins Young artist programme.
She sang her first Violetta in La Traviata with Opera Lyrica
in London and returned to sing with UC Opera in London for the
third time as Arcabonne in J.C. Bach's Amadis de Gaule having
previously sung Giselda in Verdi's I Lombardi and Céphise
in the UK premiere of Rameau's Acante et Céphise with
the company. She reprised the role of Madame Herz in David Parry's
version of Der Schauspieldirektor with Opera Project at West
Green House Opera which she had previously sung with Stanley
Hall Opera. Roles include The Queen of the Night in Mozart's
Die Zauberflöte, Giunone in Cavalli's La Calisto, Micaëla
in Carmen, Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Lyyckå Kammarsmusic
Festival, Sweden, and Frasquita in Carmen.
She was a young
artist with San Diego Opera Ensemble where she toured for 7 months
in Die Zauberflöte as the Queen of the Night, performing
the role over 80 times.
Contemporary music being of a particular interest to her, she
has participated in several New Music Projects. In November 2008
she sang Ophelia in the world premiere of Steve Everett's chamber
opera Ophelia's Gaze with the Vega Quartet and the premier of
John Anthony Lennon's Oratorio Eternal Gates in 2011. She sang
the premier of Nuits by Lee Hoiby and Tembang Gedeby Steve Everett
at IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.