Catherine Keen’s Biography

Acclaimed for her rich, opulent voice, American mezzo-soprano Catherine Keen appears regularly with many of the most prestigious opera companies of North America and Europe. Trained as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, she has recently returned to the company in a variety of roles including Fricka in Die Walküre, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Kundry in Parsifal, Venus in Tannhäuser, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Dalila in Samson et Dalila, Magdalene in Die Meistersinger, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.

Additional North American credits from recent seasons include Dalila in Samson et Dalila at the Florida Grand Opera and Washington National Opera, Aida with the Houston Grand Opera and at the Hollywood Bowl, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and La Principessa in Suor Angelica and with Los Angeles Opera, Emilia in Otello at the Cincinnati Opera, Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino and Federica in Luisa Miller with James Conlon at the Cincinnati May Festival, as well as Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, Kundry in Parsifal with Plácido Domingo and Herodias in Salome all at the Washington National Opera.

Ms. Keen’s international career was launched at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in performances as Dalila in Samson et Dalila, a role she later reprised at the Netherlands Opera. Most recent European engagements include Venus in Tannhäuser at the Royal Danish Opera, Federica in Luisa Miller with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, her Italian debut as Amneris in Aida and Fenena in Nabucco at the Arena di Verona, Federica in Luisa Miller, Emilia in Otello and Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Netherlands Opera, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia at Seville’s Teatro de la Maestranza, Fricka in Die Walküre in Madrid, Dalila in Samson et Dalila in Lithuania, and Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where she returns in 2011 as Fenena in Nabucco.

In concert, Ms. Keen enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Cincinnati Symphony having performed a wide range of repertoire including de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Schubert’s Rosamunde, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with James Conlon, and the role of Brangäne in concert performances of Tristan und Isolde under the direction of Jesus López-Cobos. In addition, she has sung Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde under Donald Runnicles in Paris, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Minnesota, Dresden, and at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Cincinnati May Festival, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was heard in Crafton Beck’s 3 American Songs, a new work composed for Ms. Keen, which was performed with the Lima Symphony. She will again collaborate with Crafton Beck and the Mississippi Symphony in 2011 for Alexander Nevsky.

Most recent engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Mississippi, Oedipe with La Monnaie, the Alto Rhapsodie with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and la Zita in GIANNI SCHICCHI with Cincinnati Opera.

Ms. Keen’s discography includes live DVD performances of Der Ring Des Nibelungen and Madama Butterfly with the Netherlands Opera, as well as in La Vida Breve on Telarc Records.


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