Lucia di LammermoorRosina in
The Barber of Seville
A double prize winner at the 2013 Operalia World Opera Competition, Soprano Kathryn Lewek is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most promising emerging artists today.
This season, engagements include her Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera debuts performing the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, which she will also perform with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and in a return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Additionally, she will sing the role of the Fairy in Cendrillon with New Orleans Opera, Angelica in Handel’s Orlando with the Hobart Baroque in Tasmania, and the soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall.
Future seasons see returns to the Bregenz Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, and company debuts with Welsh National Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Houston Grand Opera.
Ms. Lewek made several company debuts last season, performing Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with English National Opera and Nashville Opera, as well as Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra of New York at Carnegie Hall and Carmina Burana with the Toledo Symphony. Recent European debuts also included Dolcina in Suor Angelica with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Opera Leipzig, Opera de Toulon, and the Bregenz Festival, where she also performed the role of Jessica in the world premiere of André Tchaikowsky’s The Merchant of Venice.
As the 2011 grand prize winner of the Opera Foundation’s International Vocal Scholarship, Ms. Lewek accepted a contract with the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she performed roles in thirteen productions including Queen of the Night and First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Heavenly Voice in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Sandman and Dew Fairy in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Barbarina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, and Pisana in Verdi’s I due Foscari.
Having been widely lauded for her numerous operatic and oratorio performances, Ms. Lewek is also gaining attention for her interpretations of contemporary art song and vast concert repertoire. She has 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, 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 orchestras and more, she has performed in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Kettle Drum Mass, Mozart’s 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 1610 Vespers, Zelenka’s Te Deum, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Bach’s Christ Lag in Todesbanden.
Ms. Lewek has two recordings on the Albany Records label, Kathryn Lewek sings Cary Ratcliff, and the collaborative album Quicksilver, with the internationally acclaimed guitar and flute duo Nicholas Goluses and Bonita Boyd. Ms. Lewek earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she was also awarded the Performance Certificate in Voice for her many successes upon the Eastman Theater stage. Ms. Lewek continues her vocal studies with the internationally renowned soprano, Diana Soviero, in New York City. 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 has also won First Prize in the Classical Idol Vocal Competition in Rochester, NY.