Past Performances

Past performances from 2019 include:

Marie-Madeleine, original cast recording of The Priestess of Morphine by Rossa Crean, libretto by Aiden Feltkamp
Releasing on True Capture Records – release date TBA

World Premiere of The Priestess of Morphine by Rossa Crean, libretto by Aiden Feltkamp
Chicago, IL

Marie-Madeleine’s writings, being “contrary to societal standards on morality,” were burned, her identity secret, until the Nazis found her out as a Jewish Baroness poet with a longstanding addiction to morphine. This piece explores Marie-Madeleine as both woman and writer in a new piece for two sopranos and chamber orchestra by Rossa Crean and Aiden Feltkamp, sung by Katherine Bruton and soprano Jessie Lyons.

Soprano soloist, “Scapulis suis” by Javier Centeno
Recording with The Strangers Co.
Chicago, IL

“Simic Songs” by Timothy Ernest Johnson for soprano and guitar
Ganz Hall
Chicago, IL

Past performances from 2018 include:

Rose, “First Date, Last Night” from Dogfight – “Belty McBeltface: A Cabaret with Tom Bailey and Heidi Joosten” (Guest Artist)
Chicago, IL

Twilight Lifts the Veil by Ross Crean for unaccompanied soprano
World Premiere/Performance art recording in collaboration with Scapi Magazine
Chicago, IL

“Simic Songs” by Timothy Ernest Johnson for soprano and guitar (Chicago premiere)
with Timothy Ernest Johnson, guitar
Chicago Composers’ Consortium
Chicago, IL

“One Art” by Paula Kimper for unaccompanied soprano
“Ross Crean Presents:” in collaboration with the Pride Arts Center
Chicago, IL

Soprano soloist – “Quanta qualia” by Patrick Hawes
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
Chicago, IL

Helen (cover)/Mary (cover)
The Great God Pan by Ross Crean
Chicago Fringe Opera
Chicago, IL

“Bringing A Novella to Life with Chicago Fringe Opera – A Concert for “The Great God Pan”
with Aaron Wardell, baritone; Mark Haddad, bass; Tobias Wright, tenor; and Casey Baker, piano
Chicago Fringe Opera
Chicago, IL
Rossa Crean, the composer of The Great God Pan, gave wonderful insight into how he adapted the novella by Arthur Machen as we each performed excerpts from the piece.

Queen of the Night in Lost Daughters by Ross Crean (Chicago Premiere)
St. Xavier University
Chicago, IL

Past performances from 2017 include:

Marchande de Plaisirs/Ciboulette cover
Mesdames de la Halle by Jacques Offenbach
New Moon Opera
Chicago, IL

Princess of Monte Carlo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Grand Duke
Transgressive Theatre-Opera with The Gilbert & Sullivan Company of Hyde Park
Chicago, IL

U.S. Premiere of “Paper Fortune” by Timothy Ernest Johnson
For soprano, 16 hands, and electronics with text in Korean
Chicago, IL

Benefit Recital for the Hispanic Federation to support the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico
Katherine Bruton, soprano; Ian McGuffin, baritone; and Natalie Schamp, piano
Evergreen Park, IL

Forte ChicagoConcert with Forte Chicago
Barrington Lyric Opera Chapter
Barrington, IL

The comediennes of Forte Chicago explored the aspects of “THE DIVA”! Katherine is joyfully rejoining with Ashley Larkin, soprano, in their roles as ridiculous dueling divas Beverly Silverpeal and Amelita Hart in Mozart’s The Impresario. And there may or may not be a duel between two sopranos singing “O mio babbino caro” with mouthfuls of banana. Maybe.

Emily/Cosmic Kay in Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris by Eric Lindsay (World Premiere!)
Cosmic RayThompson Street Opera Company
Chicago, IL

As Chris prepares to attend Comic Con with his best friends Emily and Nick, Chris desperately searches in the pages of his favorite superhero comic for some guidance in his floundering life. His quarter-life crisis comes to a head at the Con, where he is confronted by both his own self-doubt regarding himself, his relationship with Emily, and by another attendee.

Will Chris get his life together? Will Cosmic Ray, his fictional idol, succeed in saving Earth? And if he does, will he save Chris in the process?

Cosmic Ray

Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris Preview at Opera On Tap
Chicago, IL

This month’s theme was “POPERA!”, so we decided to give a preview of our pop-influenced opera, Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris by Eric Lindsay! Katherine performed one of Emily’s arias alongside several other members of the cast, including Matthew Peckham, tenor; Eric McConnell, bass-baritone, and Joshua Smith, tenor.

Beth in Mark Adamo’s Little Women 12088057_477741005731711_6498049092477010369_n
Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium
Chicago, IL

Directed by Rose Freeman and conducted by Catherine O’Shaughnessy

28-ogChicago Premiere of Lost Daughters by Ross Crean (excerpts)
with Jordan Crice, piano

New Brew Chicago (Inaugural Concert)
Chicago, IL

“The Queen of the Night” in the world premiere of Lost Daughters by Ross Crean
Oberlin Mozart Players – Oberlin, OH

What happens when a character’s story isn’t being told? In Lost Daughters, the Queen of the Night (from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute), Mrs. Darling (from Peter Pan), and Clytemnestra (from R. Strauss’s opera Elektra) meet in purgatory after once again living their stories and losing their daughters. To triumph over this terrible cycle, they decide to disrupt each other’s stories so that they can keep their daughters. But what happens to a fictional character who doesn’t have a story? Should they change their plots and eliminate themselves – and their daughters – from existence in the process? Or is it worth losing their daughters over and over so that their daughters can live on? With a beautiful score by Ross Crean, an incredibly moving English libretto by Katherine Arathoon, and a full orchestra of amazing harmony and textures, this opera will take you to a place of wonder that you’ve never thought to explore.

Performance of “Littles” by Michelle Isaac with Stephen Uhl, piano
Ganz Hall – Chicago, IL

Performance at Give Your Choice A Voice with Praxilla Femina
Chicago, IL

Praxilla Femina’s Inaugural Concert
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Katherine sang as Beth in an excerpt from Little Women by Mark Adamo and “Animal Passion” by Jake Heggie.

All donations benefitted the charity Chicago Books to Women in Prison; we raised $135 and collected 61 books!

Katherine Bruton, soprano, in recital with Elizabeth Newkirk, piano
Ganz Hall – Chicago, IL

Le feu/Le rossignol in L’enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel
Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL

Masterclass with Martin Katz: Katherine Bruton, soprano, and Stephen, Uhl, piano
Ganz Hall – Chicago, IL

14939415_1143623955718776_6334393539667918880_o“Darling Donnis” in the Chicago premiere of The Final Battle for Love by Philip Thompson
Thompson Street Opera Company
Chicago, IL

Past performances from 2016 include: 

Katherine Bruton, soprano soloist – Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass
Chicago Temple Choir and Orchestra (performed in Czech)
Chicago, IL

“Love and Modern Ladies”
Katherine Bruton, soprano, and Jordan Crice, piano, in recital
Chicago, IL

Katherine Bruton as Beverly Silverpeal in Mozart’s The Impresario
Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL

Screen shot 2016-08-08 at 10.39.40 AMThompson Street Opera Company presents:
“Crocodiles, Copper Cups, and Cream Puffs!”

Katherine Bruton as:
Wing Tip in Rootabaga Stories by Yvonne Freckmann and
Sang Kancil the Mouse Deer in The Mouse Deer and the Crocodile by Hong-Da Chin
Chicago Premieres

Opera On Tap’s Monthly Shows!OOT_website_1
Chicago, IL
Come grab a drink and hear some great music!

Opera On Tap performs the second Tuesday of every month at Red Line Tap – so if you’re ever in the mood for free live performance on a second Tuesday, you know where to go!

Patchwork ProjectKatherine Bruton, soprano – Guest Artist
Patchwork Project – Chicago Concert
Chicago, IL

Katherine Bruton as Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance
North Riverside Players
North Riverside, IL

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