Biography – English

Kathryn Wieckhorst, born in New York, is a soprano currently living in Hamburg. Most recently on the operatic stage, Kathryn sang one of her signature roles, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte with the Bergedorfer Musiktage. She performed excerpts from La Traviata as a part of the Lange Nacht der Literatur in September 2018. Since moving to Hamburg, she has been featured in Liederabends in venues such as St. Thomas Church in Rothenburgsort, the Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe, and as part of the Wohnzimmerliebe series. In June, she made her Italian concert debut at Santa Croce Church in Florence singing the soprano solo in Steve Edwards’ Ave Maria Mass with MIDAM International. She can be seen regularly with Opera on Tap’s Hamburg chapter.

Other roles she has performed are: Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Königen der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte; Violetta in La Traviata; Lady with a Cake Box in Postcard from Morocco; the title role in Suor Angelica; the Lady with the Tattoos in Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen; the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro; Musetta in La Bohéme; Micaela in Carmen, and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites with companies including the Long Island Opera Company, Opera Theater of Montclair, Bel Cantanti Opera, the Festival of the Aegean, and more. In July 2013, she made her international debut as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece. There, she also sang Mme. Goldentrill in Mozart’s The Impresario as part of the Greek Opera Studio. Kathryn has been a featured soloist twice at Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions, singing the soprano solos in John Rutter’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Kathryn has also been a featured soloist with the Gemini Youth Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, the Nova Philharmonic, OperaOggi, as soloist at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, and the Brooklyn Queens Conservatory Summer Opera Series, singing music such as the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Joel Mandelbaum’s The Past is Now, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and the Seven Last Words of Christ by both Dubois and Franck, among many others.

As a talented interpreter of contemporary music (in part due to her innate absolute pitch), Kathryn enjoys working with and has worked with a number of living composers, including Ellen Mandel, Joel Mandelbaum, Leonard Lehrman, Bruce Saylor, Mario Stork, Daniel Felsenfeld, and many more. She sang the role of Barbara in the world premiere of Dr. Saylor’s The Imagemaker. Next year, she will sing the role of Maman in the European premiere of Dr. Mandelbaum’s The Village.

Kathryn completed her Master’s degree in music at Queens College in New York, and her Bachelor’s degree in music from Hofstra University.

 

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