Soprano Katherine Bruton’s clear voice and vibrant characterization brings opera and art

Katherine Bruton being restrained as Le feu from Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.  This production was set in a 1950s women’s prison. (Photo credit to Shawn Flint Blair)

song to life. Her nuanced musicality and thrilling coloratura has earned her the roles of Darling Donnis in the Chicago premiere of The Final Battle for Love by Philip Thompson, Le feu, La bergère, and Le chauve-souris in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Virtù in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Cybele in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, among others. She also had the privilege of creating the role of La Saborini in the world premiere of The Dove and The Nightingale by American composer Roger Bourland and librettist Mitchell Morris.  Katherine has also explored the world of opera improvisation and performed in an improvised opera titled Singed as “The Racist”. She has also appeared with the critically-acclaimed Pacific Opera Project, Chicago Fringe Opera, Pasadena Opera, Thompson Street Opera Company, OperaUCLA, the Oberlin Mozart Players, and Roosevelt University.

Katherine as La Bergère in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges in a production directed by Peter Kazaras.
Katherine as “La Bergère” in Ravel’s “L’enfant et les sortilèges”, shown with “Le fauteuil” (Matthew Claiborne Karic).  Directed by Peter Kazaras, choreography by Kevin Williamson. Photo credit: Mona Lands

Katherine also has a passion for art song and has worked with great collaborative pianists such as Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Kathleen Tagg, and Dr. Shannon McGinnis. She has also performed in concert with famous American composer John Musto. Her passion for art song also extends to Russian art song, which she has performed consistently since Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov introduced her to the language and the repertoire during her undergraduate studies at UCLA. Recent performances of Russian repertoire include a performance of Russian art song with SongFest in Los Angeles, CA, and recitals in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA.

Katherine has also performed as the soprano soloist in oratorio and concert works, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. Her passion brings freshness to Händel’s Messiah, which is one of her favorite works to sing.  She has also appeared with the California Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Golden State Pops Orchestra.

Katherine has her Masters of Music degree from Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she studied with soprano Judith Haddon. She also received bachelors degrees in vocal performance and music education from UCLA, where she studied with Vladimir Chernov. She is a proud OperaWorks alumna and also attended SongFest’s Professional Program in Los Angeles, CA. She also attended the Summer in Payerbach Opera Intensive in Austria, where she performed with baritone Vladimir Chernov.

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