Katherine Pracht, Mezzo-Soprano
In 2016-17, Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht made her Kennedy Center debut as soloist in Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 with the Washington Chorus. She also sang the US premiere of Richard Wernick’s “…and a Time for Peace” with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and created several roles in new works: Florence Williams in a workshop of Susan Kander’s new opera The News From Poems, Hester Prynne in Eric Sawyer’s The Scarlet Professor, and Eve in Julian Wachner and Cerise Jacobs’ Rev 23 for the PrototypeFestival. Additionally, Ms. Pracht performed Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles accompanied by Bright Sheng and Michael Barrett for The Intimacy of Creativity 2017 Festival in Hong Kong.
2017-18 engagements include the workshop of Opera Philadelphia’s world premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved by Daniel Bernard Roumain, playing the role of Glenda; a reprisal of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 for Trinity Wall Street; the role of Mrs. Wang in Bright Sheng’s epic opera, Dream of the Red Chamber in Changsha, Beijing, and Wuhan, China; Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, with the York Symphony; the title role in Elizabeth Cree with Chicago Opera Theater, where the Chicago Tribune said “Katherine Pracht brought a mezzo of size and quality, and confident dramatic presence, to the complicated title role.” Ms. Pracht also debuted as Mariam in the AOP sponsored workshop of Sheila Silver’s opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns; performed A Bernstein Marathon with Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song as well as Arias & Barcarolles and other Bernstein songs with NYFOS, presented by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City; sang a reprisal of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and was the featured soloist in the world premiere of The Music Was Given at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York and Stravinsky’s Canticles with The Orchestra NOW at Bard under the baton of Leon Botstein. Upcoming: Charlotte in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Madison Opera.
In the 2014-15 season, Pracht made role debuts as Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera, Ariel in the world premiere of Joseph Summer’s The Tempest for The Shakespeare Concerts in Boston recorded by Albany Records, and Flora Bervoix in Opera Philadelphia’s La Traviata. She covered the role of Baroness “Nica” in Daniel Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD commissioned for Opera Philadelphia, and sang Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the York Symphony, and Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with Grand Rapids Symphony.
In 2013-14, Pracht made her Carnegie Hall debut as Alto Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, her debut with Opera Philadelphia as Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, twice sang Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis for Central City Opera with the Colorado Symphony and for Chicago’s New Millennium Orchestra, sang Meg in Little Women directed by David Gately for Opera on the James, two concerts with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus singing John Corigliano’s Fern Hill and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Alto soloist in Elijah for Blacksburg Master Chorale, Mozart’s Requiem for NYC’s Choral Society of Grace Church, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Black Pearl Orchestra.
Pracht’s 2012-13 season began with the role of Mrs. McLean in Florentine Opera’s production of Susannah, followed by the role of Guenevere in Orchestra Kentucky’s Camelot, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Opera on the James. The 2011 season included her Dallas Opera debut as Stephano in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, followed by a turn as Rosina in Opera on the James’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the role of Julia in the world premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals for Skylight Opera Theatre. In 2010, Pracht made her international/Radio France debut singing Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Belle-ile, and her Avery Fisher Hall debut in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the American Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Pracht has been a Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional finalist in San Antonio, Memphis, and twice in Minneapolis, where, in 2006, she won the Outstanding Mezzo Award.