Nationally acclaimed soprano Kathy Pyeatt has sung recently with the St. Petersburg Opera (Rosalinda Die Fledermaus), the Muddy River Opera (HannaThe Merry Widow) and the Springfield (MO) Symphony (Tosca Tosca), to name only a few of the Cedarburg, Wisconsin resident’s out-of-state engagements. A local favorite in Milwaukee, Kathy’s memorable performances here have included numerous roles with the Florentine Opera and Skylight Opera Theatre, as well as appearances with the Concord Chamber Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, Bel Canto Chorus, Fox Valley Symphony, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony, Rockford Symphony Orchestra and others.
Kathy’s versatile acting, intelligent singing, and “impeccable voice” (Waukesha Freeman) have garnered warm praise from the press everywhere. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed her a “genuine triple threat.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted her voice’s “richness and elegance…attuned to every harmonic and emotional nuance.” Pioneer Press described her stage personaas “passionate in the extreme.” The Springfield News-Leader hailed her “warm and luscious” voice.
The Florentine Opera’s production next season of Benjamin Britten’s comic opera, Albert Herring, will present Kathy in the show-stopping role of the autocratic Lady Billows. Also among her upcoming performances will be return engagements with the Asheville Lyric Opera as Tosca in Tosca, the Key Chorale (Sarasota, FL) for Mozart’s oratorio Davidde Penitente and her debut with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra (TN) as Tosca in a concert version of Tosca.
Kathy has also appeared with Natchez Opera Festival, Opera Company of North Carolina, Light Opera Works, Springfield Regional Opera, Opera Theatre Highland Park, DuPage Opera Theatre, Chicago City Opera, Impresario Productions, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Pamiro Opera, First Stage Milwaukee, and The Milwaukee Opera. Favorite roles include Tosca (Tosca), Violetta (La Traviata), Constanza (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Micaela (Carmen), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Hanna (The Merry Widow), Ilona (Gypsy Love), The Queen of the Night and The First Lady (The Magic Flute), Sybil Vane (The Picture of Dorian Gray), and Adina (The Elixir of Love).
Equally at home on the concert stage her wide ranging repertoire includes performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Whitbourn’s Annelies, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras.
Ms. Pyeatt has been a top prize winner in numerous competitions, including the District and Regional levels of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. When Kathy is not on stage singing you can usually find her backstage. She is currently serving as Director for the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is the Vice-President for SOS, Supporters of Opera Singers, Inc., a nonprofit arts organization aimed at promoting and supporting young opera singers and has recently served as the Education Consultant for the Opera Company of North Carolina in the building of their new Educational Outreach and Young Artist Program.
Kathy is also pretty good with a tool belt; she and her husband are in the final stages of a 2-year long restoration of their 100 year old late Victorian farm home in Cedarburg which they share with their daughter Emma and naughty chocolate Labrador Mocha.