Kathryn Lewek has established herself as one of opera’s most thrilling coloratura sopranos of this generation, performing some of the most vocally challenging roles in the repertoire, joining the top-ranking operatic performers of all time. She made an “especially brilliant” (Bachtrack) début as Ginevra in Ariodante with the Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele in Austria, opposite Cecilia Bartoli, where Ms. Lewek “perform[ed] a miracle” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) and thrilled audiences with “a rich (and richly differentiated) soprano voice [that] has not been experienced for a long time.” (Salzburger Nachrichten) She returned summer 2019 in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Orphée aux Enfers “ravishingly” (Bachtrack) singing the “the raunchy, full-throttle” (Financial Times) role of Eurydice, wowing critics and audiences alike for her versatility as a performer and prompting Opera Wire to exclaim her Artist of the Week and a 5 page spread in Salzburg’s official festival magazine. The DVD of Orphée aux Enfers, which was nominated by the International Classical Music Awards, was released Worldwide in 2020 by Naxos on the UNITEL Edition label and is available on Amazon. The Blu-ray DVD of Ariodante was released Worldwide by Naxos in May of 2021 also on the UNITEL Edition label. Her upcoming album Handel: Apollo e Dafne & Armida abbandonata (Pentatone/Naxos – 2021) was released Worldwide in February of 2022.

She has performed Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with over 25 companies in over 300 performances to date, including The Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, The Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bregenzer Festspiele, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Festival Castell de Peralada, Opera Leipzig, The Royal Danish Opera, amongst many others. Other favorite engagements include Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini with Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Deutsche Oper Berlin and subsequently in her house début with the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich); a reprisal of her performance as Ginevra in Ariodante with Opera Monte Carlo; the title role of Maria Stuarda with Edmonton Opera; and 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”.

This season includes a return to The Metropolitan Opera for her eighth season as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, surpassing the record for the most performances in the role by a single artist. She will also make a return to Gran Teatre del Liceu for Die Zauberflöte, make her role début as Violetta in La Traviata at Toledo Opera, and sing Opera’s Greatest Hits! in concert performances for the Dallas Opera. Future engagements include role débuts of Countess Adèle in Rossini’s Le comte Ory in a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and a reprisal of the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor for Opéra de Nice. She will make house débuts with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Dresden Opera as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte as well as sing the role in returns to the Vienna Staatsoper and The Metropolitan Opera for their new production in 2023.