American mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin has been praised by The Washington Post for her “gorgeous, warm voice that you want to keep listening to,” and she continues to make an impact in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Strauss and Bellini. Recent seasons included her return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Waltraute in Die Walküre, her Minnesota Opera debut as Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking, joining the National Chorale for the world premiere of Angela Rice’s Thy Will Be Done performed at Lincoln Center, singing Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah with the Handel Oratorio Society, Meg in Falstaff with Intermountain Opera, Waltraute in Die Walküre with the Dallas Symphony, and Leonora in La favorita with New Amsterdam Opera. Her 2018-2019 season includes Wowkle in La fanciulla del West with Maryland Lyric Opera, Tamara in Enemies, A Love Story with Kentucky Opera, Eva Crowley in An American Dream in a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Maddalena in Rigoletto with New Orleans Opera, and Herodias in Salome with Dayton Opera.
Recent seasons for Ms. Martin include her debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago singing Hécube and covering Didon in Les Troyens, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold with National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan, covering Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking at Washington National Opera, Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung with Houston Grand Opera, and Wellgunde in Das Rheingold with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. She also made debuts with Opera Colorado in her signature role of Amneris in Aïda, Florida Grand Opera in her role debut as Adalgisa in Norma, and returned to Washington National Opera as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung and Waltraute in Die Walküre.
Other recent engagements include her debut with Dayton Opera as Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, Waltraute in Die Walküre, Amneris in Aïda, and Wellgunde in Das Rheingold with Houston Grand Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opera Santa Barbara, Genevieve in The Long Christmas Dinner with American Symphony Orchestra, her role debut as Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos at The Glimmerglass Festival, and Annina and the cover of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with the National Symphony Orchestra. Other performances include Mary in the world premiere of The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me with Washington National Opera, Amneris with Opera Santa Barbara, leading roles in Musto’s Bastianello and Bolcom’s Lucrezia at UrbanArias, Schubert’s Mirjams Siegesgesang with the San Antonio Symphony, Sara Miller in the world premiere of Approaching Ali with Washington National Opera, performances in the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and her New Haven Symphony debut performing Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius.
Martin is an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio where she performed Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Anna in Maria Stuarda, Flora in La traviata, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. At HGO, she worked extensively with conductor Patrick Summers and covered artists such as Susan Graham, Joyce DiDonato, and Michelle DeYoung in roles such as Der Komponist, Sister Helen, and the title roles of Xerxes and The Rape of Lucretia. She was a member of The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Program, where she made her role debut as Amneris, and was a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where her assignments included Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zaida in Il turco in Italia, and multiple recitals with Steven Blier.
Ms. Martin was a Grand Finalist, the sole mezzo soprano, and only female representing the United States in the 2017 International Viñas Competition held at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. She received Richard Tucker Award nominations in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and was 2nd Place winner of the 2016 Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, 2nd place winner in the 2013 Jensen Competition, a semi-finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a finalist in 2012 and an Encouragement Award winner in 2013 in the George London Competition, winner of the 2011 National Opera Association Competition, a semi-finalist in the Hans Belvedere Competition, and has won awards from the Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera, The Dallas Opera Guild, and Annapolis Opera. She has received The Richard F Gold Career Grant at both Houston Grand Opera and Wolf Trap and the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Grant. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.