First-year Ryan Opera Center mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung, originally from Traverse City, Michigan, recently finished her second year as a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio program. DeYoung is a 2019 Sullivan Award Grant Winner from The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation. In fall 2019, she was a participant in the Neue Stimmen Competition in Gütersloh, Germany. DeYoung was a semi-finalist in the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In the 2018/19 season with Michigan Opera Theatre, DeYoung portrayed the Sandman/Hänsel und Gretel, the Old Lady/Candide, and the Mother/Amahl and the Night Visitors. She also covered Olga/Eugene Onegin and performed Mae and covered Ma Joad/The Grapes of Wrath. In the summers of 2018 and 2019, she was an Apprentice Singer with The Santa Fe Opera where she covered the role of The Mayor’s Wife/Jenůfa andperformed the Act One duet from La favorita and the Act One finale of The Grapes of Wrath (singing Ma Joad) for the company’s Apprentice Scenes programs. DeYoung holds a master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Houston, where she portrayed Isabella/LiItaliana 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 roles performed include the title role/Carmen with Opera in the Ozarks. In 2019, DeYoung was a finalist and the Online Viewers’ Choice Award winner in the Houston Grand Opera's 31st Eleanor McCollum Competition. She is an alumna of Michigan State University.
In Lyric’s 2020/21 Season DeYoung will sing Mother Goose/The Rake’s Progress.
Katherine DeYoung is sponsored by lead sponsor Dr. and Mrs. Mark F. Kozloff and cosponsor Cynthia Vahlkamp and Robert Kenyon.