SOPRANO KATERINA BURTON
American vocalist Katerina Burton, who has been acclaimed for her “rich and warm” singing (Opera Wire), is quickly gaining recognition on the classical music scene for her lush vocals and radiant presence on stage. She is looking forward to a bright future in Opera, having already sung on some of the world’s most prestigious stages by her mid-twenties, including The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.
This past season, Burton made her debut as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the roles of Verna, Young Lovely, and Evelyn in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones. Ms. Burton was noted as a “stand out” by the St. Louis Post Dispatch among highly esteemed colleagues. This coming season, Burton goes on to her first engagement at The Metropolitan opera, hand-selected as an ensemble member for their new production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in the 2019-2020 season.
Burton shared her passion for art song repertoire when Marilyn Horne selected her as a participant in “The Song Continues” masterclass series at Carnegie Hall. Burton was also a Resident Artist with Baltimore Musicales, an arts organization that focuses on bringing song to the Baltimore community and breaking the traditional boundaries between performers and the audience.
Burton has received numerous accolades, most recently being chosen by the Gerda Lissner Foundation for their Young Artist Vocal Institute concert series. She was also chosen by The Juilliard School faculty to sing at Alice Tully Hall for their “Wednesdays at One” series to present a set of English songs by Michael Head, Ivor Gurney, and Frank Bridge.
Outreach has proved to be a passion for Burton, as she was selected to be a Fellow in the Gluck Community Service Fellowship while a student at Juilliard. This program allows students to visit hospitals, Housing Works, nursing homes, etc. to bring music and arts to those who may not be able to experience it regularly in person.
Burton’s opera credits include such notable roles as Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Lola Markham in Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and as Fairy Godmother in an adaptation of Cinderella.
Burton has demonstrated success as a competitor and was most recently selected as a finalist in Annapolis Opera’s 29th Annual Vocal competition and awarded the Col. Harry Lindauer and Carrie Kellogg Ray Award. She won 1st prize in the Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Competition for the D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of first prize in the Friedmann-Gordon Music Competition, the Sidney Lieberman Music Competition, and has received an Encouragement Award for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Mid-Atlantic Region.
Currently based in New York City, Burton recently completed her graduate studies at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Robert C. White, Jr. She is a proud recipient of the Novick Career Advancement Grant, as well as the Gaddes Career Award presented by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.