Ryan Opera Center Ensemble
Katherine DeYoung is sponsored by lead sponsors Dr. and Mrs. Mark F. Kozloff and cosponsors Cynthia Vahlkamp and Robert Kenyon.
Second-year Ryan Opera Center mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung hails from Traverse City, Michigan. As a member of the 2019/20 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio, she portrayed the Sandman/Hansel and Gretel, the Old Lady/Candide, the Mother/Amahl and the Night Visitors and Mae/The Grapes of Wrath. In 2018 and 2019 she was an Apprentice Singer with The Santa Fe Opera. Competition successes include national semi-finalist in the 2020 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition, a 2019 Sullivan Award from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation, finalist and Online Viewers’ Choice Award winner in Houston Grand Opera’s 31st Eleanor McCollum Competition, and participating in the 2019 Neue Stimmen Competition in Gütersloh, Germany. Following studies at Michigan State University, DeYoung received a master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Houston, where she portrayed Isabella/L’italiana in Algeri, Fidalma/The Secret Marriage, Gertrude/Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Proctor/The Crucible, and Lady Sneerwell/Robert Nelson’s The School for Scandal (world premiere). Other performing credits include the title role/Carmen with Opera in the Ozarks.