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.