SOPRANO KATERINA BURTON
American vocalist Katerina Burton, acclaimed for her “rich and warm” singing (Opera Wire) is returning to Washington National Opera for the 2021-2022 season as a Cafritz Young Artist. She recently 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. Burton completed 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.
Reflecting on her versatility, Burton was able to share her passion for art song repertoire when she was selected as a participant in Marilyn Horne’s “The Song Continues” masterclass series at Carnegie Hall in 2018. She was also a Resident Artist with Baltimore Musicales, an arts organization that focuses on bringing song to the Baltimore community and breaking traditional barriers between performers and audiences. Her capabilities in the art of song and operatic repertoire have earned her much praise, having performed 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, and Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Burton has demonstrated success as a competitor and has received numerous accolades which include being chosen by the Gerda Lissner Foundation for their Young Artist Vocal Institute concert series. She was also 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 received an Encouragement Award for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Mid-Atlantic Region.
Burton 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 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.