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ABOUT

BIO:

Mezzo Soprano Katherine Weber has been described as a dynamic and moving performer, with a commitment to text, musicality, and communication through music. "Weber possesses a formidable instrument, with a highly melodious but penetrating timbre." 

 

Katherine has a bachelors in both Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Professor Kathryn Cowdrick. She performed multiple lead roles in Eastman Opera productions, including Mere Marie in Poulenc's Dialogue des Carmelites(dir Stephen Carr), Arsamene in Handel's Xerxes(dir Steven Daigle), Orlando in Handel's Orlando(dir Alison Moritz), and Mae Jones in Weill's Street Scene(dir Steven Daigle).

 

Rochester New York brought her many performing opportunities. Her Geva Theater Center debut was with Rochester Lyric Opera's production of Brad Ross' Tales of Custard the Dragon - A Children's Opera playing Blink the Mouse(dir. Judith Raneletta).  Her work during the Eastman Bach Cantata series led to an encore performance of BVW 36 and 72 in Toronto Ontario(conductor Jennifer Min Young). She was an alto soloist and member of the esteemed Rochester chorus, Madrigalia, performing on their 2015 christmas recording(conductor Cary Radcliff). Katherine was also an active participant in the Rochester music community, performing in the first Rochester Fringe Festivals, was the alto soloist at The Baptist Temple, taught in area public schools, and started a small voice studio.

 

Katherine is now living in New York City, and made her Off-Broadway Debut in Sweetee A New Musical directed by Emmy Award Winner Pat Birch at the Signature Theater at Pershing Square Theater Complex. Other Off-Off Broadway productions include Icons/Idols at Opera America and the New Ohio Theater(dir. Colette Roberts), and Henry Box Brown and The Dizzy Gillespie Theater(dir Mehr Mansuri).  She performed as Dorabella in scenes from Cosi fan tutte for a short film directed by Dara Melina in The Plaiedes Product inaugural project.  Staged readings include Carrigan and Lowdermilk's Republic,  Brad Ross' Michael Strogoff,  Grace Oberhofer's A Doll's House: A New Opera at The Tank Theater as Dr. Rank, and a second production of A Doll's House at Central Square Theater in Boston as Christine Lindt.

 

With a love and passion for both performing and teaching, she is an emerging artist blazing a path through several genres of performing arts.  

 

Katherine is looking to pursue her masters in Opera performance in the Tristate area.

REVIEWS:

 

".... it was Katherine Weber's interpretation of Mother Marie that was most compelling. Weber possesses a formidable instrument, with a highly melodious but penetrating timbre. Distinctive and disarming, her voice reinforced the steadfast yet decidedly enigmatic nature of Mother Marie, who insists that the sisters take the vow of martyrdom."

-Daniel J. Kushner

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/04/05/dialogues-carmelites-review/7346825/

 

"But it is Katherine Weber as Betty Rizzo that authentically landed in the period and the style. Her sarcastic delivery and mock bravado made the audience eager for her “tear your heart out” interpretation of the torchy “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.”"

- David Lowenstein Syracuse.com  http://blog.syracuse.co/entertainment/2012/07/the_talent_company_revives_gre.html

 

"The always bad girl, Betty Rizzo (Katherine Weber) ranks as a kind of second lead, not quite a bully but setting a note of snarling intimidation. Forster and Weber lead the character over the longest arc of anyone in the show. " 

 

- James MacKillop Syracuse New Times  http://npaper-wehaa.com/syracusenewtimes#2012/08/01/?article=1640453