Katharine Goeldner


This season the American mezzo-soprano reprised her highly praised portrayal of Mozart’s Marcellina (Dutch National Opera) and Wagner’s Fricka (The Minnesota Opera), and portrays Ma Joad/Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis). She won critical acclaim last season in two world premieres, singing Jacqueline Onassis/ David T. Little’s JFK (Fort Worth Opera) and Peggy Ophuls/Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis). Other recent engagements include Goeldner’s first Amneris (Salt Lake City), Hippolyta/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Honolulu), and an especially praised performance as Thirza/ Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers (U.S. stage premiere, Bard SummerScape Festival). The mezzo’s diverse operatic repertoire also encompasses Jane Seymour/Anna Bolena (Met, Welsh National Opera), Fricka/Das Rheingold and Waltraute/Götterdämmerung (Toulouse), Gertrude/Hamlet (Minnesota Opera), Countess Geschwitz/Lulu (Graz, Toulouse), Carmen (New York City Opera, Madison, Finland’s Savonlinna Festival), Orlofsky (Met and with Seiji Ozawa in Japan), Nicklausse (Met, Bilbao, DVD), Octavian (Toulouse, Seville, Lyon), the Composer (Oviedo, Madrid, Salzburg, Toulouse, Lyon, Paris), and Brangäne (Salzburg). Goeldner, who has sung Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Royal Ballet (Covent Garden, Lincoln Center), has been heard in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra and the radio orchestras of Vienna, Paris, Munich, Prague, and Berlin.

Previously at Lyric: Five roles since 2008|09, most recently Mme. Larina/Eugene Onegin (2016|17); Marcellina/The Marriage of Figaro (2015|16); Pitti-Sing/The Mikado, title role/Carmen (both 2010|11).

Last updated: February 27, 2017
Photo: Travis Anderson