Katherine Weber Soprano
 
 
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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. 

 
 
 
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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

 

 

 

 

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

 
 
 
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Operatic Roles

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

                                     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

                                                                                       Garnett Bruce

                                                                                       Michael Ehrman

 
 
 

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                                                                   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

 
 
 

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