Hailed by Gramophone for her “remarkably vibrant and flexible voice” and Opera News for her “wonderfully clear, pointed sound and the natural warmth she brings to her character”, soprano Katrina Thurman is one of the most promising talents of her generation, captivating audiences and critics alike with her distinctively beautiful voice, powerful stage presence, sensitive artistry, and physical beauty.
Last season, Ms. Thurman premiered the role of Isabella Beecher in Mrs. President with Anchorage Opera, sang Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera, joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for ‘S Wonderful! ‘S Marvelous! Gershwin!, returned to Oper Bonn in Germany to reprise the role of Mrs. Naidoo in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, and headlined in a one woman cabaret at the University Club of New York. This season will include her debut with Florentine Opera as Musetta in La bohème and her role debut as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Shippensburg Music Festival. Ms. Thurman’s engagements for the 2011-2012 season included Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Shreveport Opera, Gilda in Rigoletto with Sacramento Opera, Maria in The Sound of Music with Anchorage Opera, the cover of Eurydice in Telemann’s Orpheus with New York City Opera, Sophie De Palma in Terrence McNally’s Master Class with Alpine Theater Project, and Isabella Beecher in an evening of highlights from Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President at Symphony Space in New York in conjunction with Anchorage Opera.
The 2010-2011 season’s engagements for Ms. Thurman included a return to The Opera Show with the Kilworth House Theater in the UK, Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Syracuse Opera, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Danbury Symphony, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Lyrique en Mer, and joining American Opera Projects for an evening of modern art song. In the 2009-2010 season Ms. Thurman recorded Louis Karchin’s opera Romulus on the Naxos label, performed Belinda in Dido & Aeneas with The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with Sacramento Opera, Liz in the New York City workshop staging of Conrad Cummings’ new opera The Golden Gate, and principal soloist in the European premiere of The Opera Show, which toured Spain and Italy. During the 2008-2009 season, Ms. Thurman debuted with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Florida Grand Opera as Ellen in Delibes’ Lakmé and Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Syracuse Opera as Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women. In the 2007-2008 season, Ms. Thurman debuted at Tulsa Opera as Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and returned to Glimmerglass Opera to cover the role of Bianca/Lois Lane in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate and to perform as a soloist in “We Open in Paris,” a concert with celebrated pianist Steven Blier honoring the 20th anniversary of both Glimmerglass Opera’s acclaimed Young American Artists Program and the renowned New York Festival of Song.
Additional performance highlights include Ms. Thurman’s French opera debut as Najade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Opéra National de Lyon, her critically acclaimed German debut with Oper Bonn in the roles of Alyeya in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, Vénus in Rameau’s Dardanus, and Mrs. Naidoo in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, Martha in the world premiere of Louis Karchin’s Romulus with American Opera Projects and the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, and Musetta in La Bohème with Piedmont Opera.
An accomplished recitalist and concert artist, Ms. Thurman has been a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Omaha Symphony and the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, and made her New York City recital debut at Trinity Church in the Noonday Concert Series. Ms. Thurman is an alumna of the Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Opera, where she performed Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Ninfa in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and the Aspen Opera Theater Center, where she performed Sister Suzanna in the world premiere of Bernard Rands’ Belladonna. She was the Silver Medalist at the 2011 American Traditions Competition, was First Place & Audience Choice award winner in the 2008 Classical Singer Magazine Competition and has received awards and honors from the Jensen Foundation, the National Opera Association, the Connecticut Opera Guild, the William C. Byrd Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges. Ms. Thurman holds a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University.