Kathryn Frady, soprano
Kathryn is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Marble City Opera. The companies mission is to create authentic performances of chamber operas in smaller venues in order to bring a vital art form to a diverse community.
Kathryn’s performance of Amelia in the World Premier of Larry Delinger’s opera Amelia Lost, was named “Most Memorable Operatic Performance in Knoxville, TN of 2014.” Arts Knoxville called the performance “a sensational theatre experience. Matching her vocal characterization was an almost uncanny ability to dramatically transform her face and her persona from softness and gentleness to angst-ridden and depleted.”
In 2013, Kathryn made her Opera Carolina main stage debut as Papagena in Jun Kaneko’s production of The Magic Flute, where the critics said, “her voice found no quality wanting.” Other recent highlights include Violetta Cover and Annina in La Traviata with New Orleans Opera, Premiere of Kate in Sweets by Kate with Midwest Institute of Opera, a performance with the Voices of MIO concert at the Opera America Center in NYC; Ida in Die Fledermaus, and a performance at the Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival with Knoxville Opera; Musetta in an-all female cast of La Bohème, Isabelle/Madeline in The Face on The Barroom Floor, Lucy in The Telephone, and Della in The Gift of the Magi with Marble City Opera; Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Micaëla in Carmen, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Midwest Institute of Opera; Olympia, Queen of the Night, and First Lady in the tours of Pinocchio and The Magic Flute with Opera Carolina.
International credits include Violetta in La Traviata, and the title role in Suor Angelica with the Meditterean Opera Festival, Antonia in The of Man of La Mancha with Theatre des Varietes, Lucy in the World Premier of Duke Ellington’s The Beggar’s Holiday at Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, and a performance with Concerti del C.O.S.I. Opera Festival in Goriano Sicoli, Italy.
Kathryn has worked as an assistant director, stage manager and production manager for companies such as; The Living Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Toledo Opera, Knoxville Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, New Orleans Opera, Amarillo Opera, North Carolina Opera, the University of North Texas, Indiana University, and the University of Tennessee. Kathryn has also directed opera scenes programs for the University of North Texas, and The Midwest Institute of opera.
Kathryn holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas, where she learned skills in all areas of opera, including performance, stage management and directing.