Katherine Weber Soprano
 
 
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Described by Opera News as “a confident singing actress with a magnetic stage presence” who “sang the most demanding of arias with seemingly little effort,” soprano Katherine Weber made company debuts in the 2017-18 season as Violetta in La Traviata with DuPage Opera, the Boulder Symphony, and under the baton of George Manahan at the Aspen Festival. Her upcoming engagements for the 2018-19 season include the title role in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta with Chicago Opera Theater, and a return to DuPage Opera as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.

In the 2016-17 season, Katherine joined Virginia Opera to cover Nedda in Pagliacci, and performed with the Northwestern University Symphony in concert for the regional premiere of the contemporary piece “A Shout Across Time,” where she was lauded by Splash Magazine for adding “both richness and body to the piece.” She was also featured as a soloist in Beethoven's Mass in C, Vivaldi's Gloria, and the Mozart Reqiuem with the Winona Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra. Other recent performances include two seasons with Opera for the Young, in Madison, Wisconsin, where she toured as the title role in Rusalka, and as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute. In addition, she joined the Florentine Opera in concert performances as a featured soloist, and bowed as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at her alma mater, Viterbo University.

 Katherine spent two summers as a young artist with Central City Opera, where she first performed the role of Violetta in the family performance of La Traviata, covered Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking, and sang La Paysanne in Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse.

A decorated award winner, Katherine has been a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions twice (2017, 2015), in addition to winning multiple encouragement awards. She has also been the recipient of the Award of Excellence and the Lew Cady Memorial Award, both from Central City Opera, the Bain Fellowship from Indiana University, and was a two time winner from the Schubert Club Competition.

 Katherine graduated from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied with Costanza Cuccaro. For her performance of Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, the Herald Times said she “soared” and “danced nimbly.” Other performances at Indiana include Catherine in A View from the Bridge and Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica.

 Originally from Holmen, Wisconsin, Katherine is a proud graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. While completing her Bachelor's of Music in Voice, she continued to be active as a dancer, in which she has more than twelve years experience in jazz, ballet, pointe, and tap.

 Katherine is based in Chicago, Illinois, and currently studies with Vinson Cole. When she isn't performing or practicing, she can be found cooking with her family, working out, laying on the shores of Lake Michigan reading a good book, or playing with her favorite nephew.

 
 
 
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Weber brought dramatic conviction and touching sensitivity to Iolanta throughout, making her a naturally sympathetic and credibly sightless heroine without resorting to caricature. -Chicago Classical Review

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. 

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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

 

 Hers was the most formidable voice in a consistently strong cast, her top register soaring easily above the most densely written choral passages. -Chicago Tribune

 

 

Katherine Weber…is a singer to watch very closely. She is much more than just another cookie-cutter soprano, her large distinctive voice is sweet and sturdy, with a wide spectrum of color, and burgeoning with tremendous promise. -Buzznews

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

What matters most…is the singing, and soprano Katherine Weber as Iolanta dispatched Tchaikovsky’s long, flowing melodic lines with as much ardor as musicianship. -Chicago Tribune

 
 
 

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Operatic Roles


Nedda                                     Pagliacci                                                    MIOpera                                 2019

Rosalinde                                Die Fledermaus                                       DuPage Opera                         2019

Iolanta                                     Iolanta                                                       Chicago Opera Theater        2018

Violetta                                   La Traviata                                                Boulder Symphony                2018

Violetta                                    La Traviata                                                DuPage Opera                        2018

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

        *family performance


CONCERT

Soloist                 Haydn Creation                    Winona State University               2019

Soloist                 A Shout Across Time            Northwestern University              2017

Soloist                 Beethoven Mass in C            Winona Oratior                             2016

Soloist                 Opera Concert                       Florentine Opera                           2016

Soloist                 Poulenc Stabat Mater           Fourth Presbyterian Chicago       2016

Soloist                 Mozart Requiem                   Wiona Oratorio                              2015

Soloist                 125th Anniverfsary Gala       PBS                                                   2015 

 

 

education and training program

Aspen Music Festival Opera Fellow                                Aspen Music Festival          2017

Virginia Opera Young Artist                                             Virginia Opera                     2016

Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist (Apprentice Artist)         Central City Opera             2015

Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist (Studio Artist)                 Central City Opera             2014

M.M.     -Vocal Performance                                              Indiana University             2013

B.M.      -Vocal Performance                                              Viterbo University              2010

 

teachers              directors          conductors         coaches

Vinson Cole-Current          Edward Berkeley              John Baril                                Michael Baitzer

Costanza Cuccaro                Garnett Bruce                   Adrian Kelly                           Bill Billingham

Daniel Johnson-Wilmot      Kenneth Cazan                Craig Kier                                Bettie Buccheri

                                                 Paul Curran                      Constantine Kitsopoulos      Lauren Flanigan

                                                 Michael Ehrman               George Manahan                   Tom Getty

                                                 Candace Evans                   Kirk Muspratt                        Eric McEnaney

                                                 Stephanie Havey                Dale Rieling                            Kevin Murphy

                                                 Corinne Hayes                   Adam Turner                          Shelby Rhoades

                                                  Kyle Lang                            Lidiya Yankovskaya               Jay C. Rozendaal

                                                  Michael La Tour                Christopher Zemliauskas

                                                  Vince Liotta

                                                   James Marvel

                                                   Elise Sandell

                                                   Keturah Stickann

                                                                                                                

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            ———schedule——— 

Soloist              Pops Concert              New Philharmonic Orchestra             Summer          2019

Soloist               Pops Concert             Northwest Indiana Orchestra             Summer          2019

Soloist               Faure Requiem          First Presbyteriam of Wheaton, IL     September 22, 2019                  

Soloist               Beethoven 9               New Philharmonic Orchestra             September 28 and 29, 2019      

Soloist               Beethoven 9               Northwest Indiana Orchestra             October 25, 2019                

Valencienne     The Merry Widow     DuPage Opera/New Philharmonic    January 24, 25, and 26 2020

Soloist               Carmina Burana         Northwest Indiana Orchestra             April 2020

                                                  

 
 
 

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