A double prize winner at the 2013 Operalia World Opera Competition, 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 Queen of the Night in 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. She will reprise the role this coming season in débuts worldwide with The Royal Danish Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, Welsh National Opera, and in a return to The Metropolitan Opera.
Recent performances also included the role of La Fée in Cendrillon with New Orleans Opera and Angelica in Händel’s Orlando with the Hobart Baroque in Tasmania in which she was nominated for a Helpmann Award. This coming season, in addition to her numerous Queen performances, she will make a role début in the title role of a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, make a company début with Glimmerglass Opera as Cunegonde in Francesca Zambello’s Candide, and will perform Haydn’s Creation under the baton of the illustrious John Nelson. Future seasons include a return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin in a role début as one of Mozart’s iconic heroines, plus company débuts with Teatro Real de Madrid, the Canadian Opera Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Opéra National de Bordeaux.
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 Messiah, The 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’s Die 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 album Quicksilver, with the internationally acclaimed guitar and flute duo Nicholas Goluses and Bonita Boyd.
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.