Recognized for her steely voice, American soprano Katherine Weber is at the start of what is to be an exciting career. She recently finished her portrayal of Violetta in La Traviata with Aspen Music Festival which Opera News said, "showcased a confident singing actress with a magnetic stage presence and abundant potental." Aspen Times praised for her “level of dignity and vulnerability with her acting and a voice that hit high notes with a steely edge and caressed the mid-range with welcome warmth.” Katherine has truly made this role her own and is looking forward to her next this coming spring with the Boulder Symphony. This will be her third time performing the role. The first being the family performance of La Traviata with Central City Opera in 2015. Katherine is also getting ready for a fun year of touring Rusalka with Opera for the Young out of Madison, Wisconsin.
This last year was an exciting one for Katherine as a performer. She had the opportunity, as a young artist for Virginia Opera, to cover the role of Nedda in Pagliacci. As well as perform the Beethoven Mass in C, Vivaldi-Gloria, and Mozart Requiem alongside Winona Oratorio chorus and orchestra as well as the Poulenc Stabat Mater with Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago she also had the opportunity to perform a new contemporary piece called “A Shout across Time” with the Northwestern University Symphony where her voice added, “both richness and body to the piece.” Katherine has also won numerous awards from the Upper Midwest and Midwest Regions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Schubert Club, Florentine Opera, and Central City Opera. Ms. Weber has also found a love for spreading the joy opera to the younger generations by working for Opera for the Young. She performed the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute and this year will be performing the role of Rusalka in Rusalka.
For two summer Katherine spent her time with Central City Opera first as a Studio artist then as an Apprentice artist. There she covered the roles of Kitty Hart in Deadman Walking and Violetta in La Traviata. Central City is where Katherine performed Violetta for the first time in the fully staged family performance. During her summers there she received two awards the Lew Cady award and the Excellence in singing award.
During her graduate studies Katherine attended Indiana University Jacobs school of Music where she studied with Costanza Cuccaro and was the recipient of the Bain Fellowship. While at Indiana Katherine performed the roles of Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Catherine in A View from the Bridge, and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica. “Katherine portrayed the merry widow, indeed; what’s more, the soprano soared, her thespian abilities took hold, and, when called upon, she danced nimbly,” said The Herald Times of her performance as The Merry Widow.
Katherine also holds a Bachelors degree in Music from Viterbo University in La crosse, Wisconsin where she studied with Daniel Johnson-Wilmot. While at Viterbo Katherine performed the roles of Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, Katie in Plain and Fancy, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica. While in her undergraduate she won both the intermediate and advanced voice divisions at the Schubert Club competition where she was then invited to sing a recital at the Ordway in St. Paul. She was also the recipient of the Liberace Scholarship. While at Viterbo she continued her study of dance. Katherine has over 12 years of dance experience in jazz, ballet, pointe, and tap.
Katherine is a native of Holmen, Wisconsin. She currently resides in the beautiful city of Chicago, Illinois. She is a student of Vinson Cole. When she isn’t performing or practicing she can be found cooking with her family, working out, laying by the beach, reading a good book, or playing games with her favorite nephew.
Cast led by Katherine Weber, whose dominant performance in this engaging production was simply stunning -Opera News
Weber had little trouble with the role's many vocal and dramatic challenges, which served to showcase a confident singing actress with a magnetic stage presence and abundant potential.-Opera News
She sang the most demanding of arias with seemingly little effort.
Spinning a lovely mezza-voce, she delivered a heart breaking "Addio del passato," dropping to the floor to sing the last stanza sprawled flat on her back. -Opera News
As Hanna, Katherine Weber portrayed the merry widow indeed; what’s more, she soared, her thespian abilities took hold, and, when called upon, danced nimbly.-Herald Times
As Violetta, the "fallen woman" of the title, soprano Katherine Weber conveyed a level of dignity and vulnerability with her acting and a voice that hit high notes with a steely edge.-Aspen Times
She caressed the mid-range with welcome warmth-Aspen Times
Violetta La Traviata Aspen Festival 2017
Nedda (cvr) Pagliacci Virginia Opera 2016
Pamina Die Zauberflöte Opera for the Young 2016
Violetta (cvr)* La Traviata Central City Opera 2015
La Paysanne Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse Central City Opera 2015
Kitty Hart (cvr) Dead Man Walking Central City Opera 2014
Mrs. Charlton Dead Man Walking Central City Opera 2014
Hanna Glawari Die Lustige Witwe Indiana University 2012
Catherine A View from the Bridge Indiana University 2011
Suor Genovieffa Suor Angelica Indiana University 2010
Vivaldi Gloria Fourth Presbyterian Chicago 2017
A Shout Across Time Northwestern Symphony 2017
20th Anniversary Concert Winona Oratorio 2017
Beethoven Mass in C Winona Oratorio 2016
Opera Concert Florentine Opera 2016
Poulenc Stabat Mater Fourth Presbyterian Chicago 2016
Mozart Requiem Winona Oratorio Chorus 2015
125th Anniversary Gala Soloist PBS and Viterbo University 2015
Education and Training Program
Aspen Music Festival Opera Fellow Aspen Music Festival 2018
Virginia Opera Young Artist Virginia Opera 2016
Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist (Apprentice Artist) Central City Opera 2015
Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist (Studio) Central City Opera 2014
M.M. - Vocal Performance Indiana University 2010-2013
B.M. - Vocal Performance Viterbo University 2006-2010
Teachers Directors Conductors Directors
Vinson Cole Vince Liotta Constantine Kitsopoulos Kevin Murphy
Daniel Johnson-Wilmot James Marvel John Baril Eric McEnaney
Costanza Cuccaro Kenneth Cazan Dale Rieling Michael Baitzer
Lauren Flanigan Elise Sandell Adrian Kelly Jay C. Rozendaal
Corinne Hayes Christopher Zemliauskas Tom Getty
Keturah Grünblatt Adam Turner Shelby Rhoades
Edward Berkeley George Manahan Bill Billingham
Violetta La Traviata DuPage Opera January 2018
Rusalka Rusalka Opera for the Young 2017-2018
Violetta La Traviata Boulder Symphony March 2018
Iolanta Iolanta Company TBA Fall 2018