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Mezzo Soprano Kathryn Findlen's collaborations place her at the forefront of new American concert repertoire. She has worked with Pulitzer Prize winning composers George Crumb, John Harbison and Robert Ward, bringing their pieces to life on the concert stage. This season's performances include the Verdi Requiem with The Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the New York premiere of Ken Frazelle's Songs in the Rearview Mirror in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as presenting the music of Arensky for The Georgetown Festival.
Nominated for best classical vocalist of the year in Austin by the Austin Critics Table Awards, her collaboration on Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with Chorus Austin was "brimming with operatic drama and passion...made you feel the blood's pulse and heat." (The Austin Chronicle) She has appeared with the Austin Lyric Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, the Austin Civic Chorus, Texas Choral Consort, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and has been presented in concert at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Lutheran University, Texas State University and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Beginning her training at the Brevard Music Center Opera Program, Kathryn was invited to study at The North Carolina School of Performing Arts at the age of 14, where she also earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. She holds a Master of Music from The University of Texas at Austin, and completed her Opera Apprenticeship at Austin Lyric Opera. Findlen's former students can be heard this upcoming season at Portland Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and New York City Opera.
Master of Music, The University of Texas at Austin 1997
Bachelor of Music, The North Carolina School of Performing Arts 1995
High School Diploma, The North Carolina School of Performing Arts 1991
My personal belief is that everyone can sing, and approach my own craft as a singing actress and athlete. Singing is a unique combination of our analytical, spiritual and artisitic selves which brings a sense of personal joy like no other.