Mezzo-soprano, Katherine Growdon, has in recent years gained critical acclaim for her unique timbre, presence and expressivity. The New York Times praised her performances as Dido and as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as “incisively authoritative.” She has also been described as a “fiery singing actress” and possessing a “rich, caramel tone” by the San Francisco Classical Voice. This same publication also lauded her for her “heartrending emotion and excellent control.”
“I was riveted and felt like she was singing directly to me,” stated the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Her versatile voice has been described by the Boston Classical Review as “sweet and creamy-toned” and the Boston Globe as “full of dusky colors and pathos.” Her operatic roles have included Cherubino, Idamante, Hansel, Nicklausse, Charlotte, Sesto and Mercedes.
Growdon has performed with renowned early music chamber groups throughout the Northeast, and she is known for her exceptional versatility on stage across an impressive range of three centuries of operatic roles, from Baroque through Mozart to Bizet, Puccini and even Stephen Sondheim. She has performed with the San Francisco Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, Emmanuel Music, American Bach Soloists, Bach Collegium San Diego and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She has also appeared at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Northwest Bach Festival.
In 2008, Ms. Growdon was the recipient of a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center, where she made her Boston Pops debut as Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music and began her association with the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Her 2011-2012 season included a performance of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Emmanuel Music and J.C. Bach’s alto cantata Ach, das ich Wasser g’nug hätte at the Northwest Bach Festival.
The 2012-2013 season’s highlights included solo appearances with Boston Baroque, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Albany Symphony. She also performed the role of Myrtle Wilson in the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby with Emmanuel Music.
Katherine holds a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College. She maintains a private studio at the Performing Arts Center of Metrowest and in Boston, teaching junior and senior high school students and adults.