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Kathryn Lewek

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    Lucia in
    Lucia di Lammermoor
    Rosina in
    The Barber of Seville

Kathryn Lewek

Soprano Kathryn Lewek is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most promising coloratura sopranos of this generation. Ms. Lewek’s interpretation of her signature role, a quintessential Mozart villain, Queen of the Night, has garnered international critical acclaim: “Kathryn Lewek was sensational as The Queen of the Night. She produced all those acrobatic vocal runs effortlessly, without a single note out of place.” She performed the role in productions of Die Zauberflöte in débuts with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bregenzer Festspiele, the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opera Leipzig, Opera de Toulon, English National Opera, Nashville Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.  Last season alone, she reprised the Queen in débuts worldwide with The Royal Danish Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, Welsh National Opera, and in a return to The Metropolitan Opera. This season, she will appear in the role at Teatro Real in Madrid.

Also this season, Lewek makes a string of exciting role débuts: Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; the title role in Maria Stuarda at Edmonton Opera; and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Deutsche Oper Berlin. In concert, she sings Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under Maestro John Nelson with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Händel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with Musica Sacra; Bach’s B Minor Mass with Soli deo Gloria; and Carmina Burana with the Dallas Symphony. Future seasons through 2018 include exciting role and company débuts at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, as well as multiple returns to The Metropolitan Opera.

Recent performances also included the role of La Fée in Cendrillon with New Orleans Opera; Angelica in Händel’s Orlando with the Hobart Baroque in Tasmania in which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award; a role début in the title role of a new production ofLucia di Lammermoor at Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera; made a company début with Glimmerglass Opera as Cunegonde in Francesca Zambello’s Candide; and performed Haydn’s Creation under the baton of the illustrious John Nelson.

Previous European débuts also include Dolcina in Suor Angelica with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and the role of Jessica in the world première of André Tchaikowsky’s Kupiec Wenecki (The Merchant of Venice) with Bregenzer Festspiele. This production was awarded the International Opera Award 2014 in the category “Best World Première”.

Of her Carnegie Hall début in Händel’s MessiahThe New York Times hailed “Communicative verve and thrilling beauty came together in the soprano Kathryn Lewek. She began ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion’ at exhilarating speed, then took her time on the words ‘He shall speak peace,’ lovingly ornamenting the cadence in a way that was both original and entirely subservient to the music.”  She has since performed the piece with both the Oratorio Society of New York and Musica Sacra of New York.

Having been widely lauded for her numerous operatic and oratorio performances, Ms. Lewek is also gaining attention for her decisive interpretations of contemporary art song and vast concert repertoire. She enjoyed appearances at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, on the Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Musica Sacra, the Fairfield County Chorale, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Great Neck Choral Society, the Greenwich Choral Society, and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. With these and other orchestras, she performed in Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli, Mozart’s Krönungsmesse (Coronation Mass), Haydn’s Große Orgelmesse, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Judas Maccabeus, Carissimi’s Vanitas Vanitatum, Montiverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610, Zelenka’s Te Deum, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Händel’s Israel in Egypt, and Bach’s Christ lag in Todes Banden.

Ms. Lewek began her career as the 2011 grand prize winner of the Opera Foundation’s International Vocal Scholarship, and accepted a contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she performed roles in thirteen productions including Queen of the Night in Mozart’sDie Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Heavenly Voice in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Sandman and Dew Fairy in Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Pisana in Verdi’s I due Foscari.

Ms. Lewek has two recordings on the Albany Records label, Kathryn Lewek sings Cary Ratcliff, and the collaborative albumQuicksilver, with the internationally acclaimed guitar and flute duo Nicholas Goluses and Bonita Boyd. She was also a double prize winner at the 2013 Operalia World Opera Competition.

Ms. Lewek earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she was also awarded a Performance Certificate in Voice for her many successes upon the Eastman Theater stage.  She was a Music Academy Fellow during the summer of 2009 at the Music Academy of the West in Marilyn Horne’s esteemed vocal program where she was hailed as “…one of those inspiring triumphs from the wings” and was praised for her “strength and radiance.” Ms. Lewek continues her vocal studies with the internationally renowned soprano, Diana Soviero, in New York City.