Kathryn Lewek


The American coloratura soprano has established herself internationally in some of the most vocally challenging roles in the repertoire. Her interpretation of the Queen of the Night has garnered critical acclaim in debuts at 14 prestigious venues in more than 100 performances, among them the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Washington National Opera, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Bregenz and Aix-en-Provence festivals, and the major houses of Leipzig, Copenhagen, and Houston. Notable current engagements include a return to the Met as the Queen of the Night and role debuts as Ginevra/ Ariodante (Salzburg Festival) and Rosina/The Barber of Seville (Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina). Among Lewek’s recent successes are role debuts as Teresa/Benvenuto Cellini (Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu); Konstanze/The Abduction from the Seraglio (Deutsche Oper Berlin); and the title roles/ Maria Stuarda (Edmonton Opera) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Carolina, reprised at Toledo Opera). Other notable portrayals include Angelica/Handel’s Orlando with The Hobart Baroque in Tasmania, for which Lewek won Australia’s coveted Helpmann Award, and Cunegonde/Candide in Francesca Zambello’s production, marking Lewek’s Glimmerglass Festival debut. The soprano recently made her operatic CD debut singing major roles in two German rarities, Carl Orff’s Gisei – Das Opfer and Felix Weingartner’s Die Dorfschule.

Lyric debut: Queen of the Night/ The Magic Flute (2016|17)

Last updated: December 10, 2016