Thursday, June 14, 2012

30th Anniversary Spotlight: Meet Catherine Cook

Mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook, unforgettable as the witch Ježibaba in 2011’s Rusalka, will be one of our special guest artists for the 30th Anniversary Gala on September 22nd, 2012, and will also sing the role of Mistress Hibbons in Opera Colorado’s 2013 professional world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter.

She specializes in dramatic and/or comedic featured mezzo roles. Her characters often have more fun in the opera than the tenor or soprano, who are often in the midst of ‘relationship troubles,’ poisonings or mad scenes! Cathy’s characters are often the ones who have placed the curse on the soprano’s love life and caused her mad scene!

As a child, Cathy wanted to be a mother and an actress when she grew up and so far her plan seems to be working out. She is currently the Chair of the Voice department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she has taught for the past 6 years. In addition to teaching Voice, she teaches an ‘Audition Workshop for Singers.’ She frequently appears with major opera companies around the United States, often with San Francisco Opera, where she has performed nearly 50 different roles and is currently recording David Garner's Spoon River Songs. She has made her home in San Francisco for over 20 years with her husband Hadj, and 2 children, Zach, 15, and Sonia, 8.

Having appeared in the premiere production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking at the San Francisco Opera as well as the premiere of Stewart Wallace's The Bonesetter's Daughter, she believes performing the music of living composers is vital to the progression of our art form:

“I am really looking forward to The Scarlet Letter at Opera Colorado, I have always been such a fan of Lori Laitman's songs---being a part of a new piece/production is so exciting. To work with the composer in the creative process is so rewarding, I cannot wait to work with Lori and the amazing cast, conductor and director, and to return to the wonderful Opera Colorado family!”

Welcome back, Cathy!

By: Brad Trexell, Director of Artistic Operations

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