Mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung, originally from Traverse City, Michigan, is currently in her second year as a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio program. Katherine is a 2019 Sullivan Award Winner from The Sullivan Foundation.  In May 2020, Katherine will join the Ensemble of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for their 2020/2021 Season. Last season with Michigan Opera Theatre, Katherine performed Der Sandmann in Hänsel und Gretel, the Old Lady in Candide, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, covered Olga in Eugene Onegin, performed Mae and covered Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. In the Summers of 2018 and 2019, she was an Apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera where she covered the role of  The Mayor’s Wife in Jenůfa and performed the Act One Duet from La Favorita and the Act One Finale as Ma Joad from The Grapes of Wrath for the Apprentice Scenes programs. Katherine holds a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Houston where she performed Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Fidalma in The Secret Marriage, Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, and Lady Sneerwell in the World Premiere of The School for Scandal. Other roles performed include the title role in Carmen with Opera in the Ozarks. While in Houston, Katherine appeared with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra for their “A Night at the Opera” Concert and was the Alto Soloist for Chapelwood United Methodist’s “Messiah Selections”. In February, Katherine was a Finalist and The Online Viewers’ Choice Award Winner in the Houston Grand Opera 31st Eleanor McCollum Competition. She was also a District Winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Katherine is an alumna of Michigan State University.


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