CATHERINE
CARBY

MEZZO-SOPRANO

Catherine Carby Colour Headshot 2015

Australian mezzo soprano Catherine Carby has performed with many major opera companies and orchestras including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera, the Royal Ballet, Opera Australia, West Australian Opera, Victoria State Opera, Opera Queensland, Sydney, West Australian, Melbourne, Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to return invitations to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Longborough Festival Opera, this year Catherine will also perform Idamante (Idomeneo) for English Touring Opera, appear as soloist in Karl Jenkins’ 75th birthday celebrations and make her debut with Pinchgut Opera as Penelope (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse).

Recent engagements include returns to the Royal Opera House for Siegrune in The Ring Cycle, Minerva (The Return of Ulysses), and Antonia’s mother (Tales of Hoffmann); Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) for Longborough Festival Opera; Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride (title role), Rodrigo (Pia di Tolomei, Donizetti) and Diana (La Calisto) for English Touring Opera; Haydn Paukenmesse with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Elijah at the Hexham Festival; Nita, (The Mountebanks) with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) at the Teatro São Carlos, Lisbon, and Katharina Schratt (Mayerling) for the Royal Ballet, London. 

For Opera Australia Catherine has sung Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), title role  Carmen, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), for which she won a Helpmann Award, Mallika (Lakmé), Ruth(The Pirates of Penzance), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), for which she received a Green RoomAward, Ruggiero (Alcina), Kristina (The Makropulos Affair), Heavenly Being and Madam By-Ends(The Pilgrim’s Progress), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Second Lady (Magic Flute) and Auntie (Peter Grimes).

Her international concert engagements have included Beethoven Symphony No 9  with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, Messiah with the Dunedin Consort at the Three Choirs Festival, Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Das Lied von der Erde with the Gardner Chamber Orchestra Boston, Mozart’s Mass in C for the Polski Chór Kameralny Gdansk, Taverner’s Supernatural Songs with the City of London Sinfonia, a Verdi Gala for the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, CPE Bach Magnificat with Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Galas for both the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Théâtre de Vals les bains.

Her recordings and broadcasts include the Mountebanks (with the BBC Singers for Dutton Epoch), Satanella for Naxos CD, The Love for Three Oranges for Chandos CD, Les contes d’Hoffmann for Sony CD/Blu Ray, Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Australia CD/DVD/Blu Ray and Classic 100 Opera for ABC.

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