Born in Vicenza, Italy and raised in Pennsylvania, Katherine Rossiter is a performer with diverse interests that span opera, oratorio, art song, and musical theatre.
In October of 2018, Ms. Rossiter will sing the soprano solos in Bach’s beloved Coffee Canata, BWV 211: Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht with the Concerts in the Village Series in Kinderhook, NY. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Rossiter appeared as the soprano soloist with Classics on Hudson in Handel’s Messiah, in a staged production of Requiem for Anna Politkovskaya at the Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and as Venere in L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Berlin Opera Academy. She also attended the Académie Internationale d’été de Nice in Nice, France to work with Lorraine Nubar and Dalton Baldwin.
The 2016-2017 brought her debut with the Albany Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Bach’s BWV 78, Jesu, der du meine Seele, under the direction of David Alan Miller. She was also heard as the soprano soloist with the Concerts in the Village series in Kinderhook, NY in Handel’s Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne, as well as in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Bard College Baroque Ensemble, conducted by James Bagwell.
Singing Venere in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Berlin Opera Academy, August 2018
A recent alumna of renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard College-Conservatory of Music, Katherine enjoyed a wide variety of performances during her studies at Bard. She appeared in A Little Theatre Music: Blitzstein and Sondheim in Review, curated by Dawn Upshaw, singing excerpts from Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock and Regina, as well as Stephen Sondheim’s Company and A Little Night Music. She also performed the roles of Die Zwiete Dame and Die Erste Knabe in Die Zauberflöte, directed by Nic Muni and conducted by James Bagwell. She was also seen as Blöndchen and Rosalinde in scenes from Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Die Fledermaus directed by Mary Birnbaum. In addition, she appeared as the soprano soloist in The Haydn Project, a recital series of Haydn’s music, curated by Peter Serkin.
In June 2016, Ms. Rossiter made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre singing excerpts of Poussette from Manon and La Novice in Suor Anglelica, in the concert Love, Passion, and Betrayal. Also with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, she performed the roles of Fortuna and Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, as well as excerpts of Suor Genovieffa from Suor Angelica at the Bruno A. Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center.
Singing First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte at The Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College, March 2016
In May of 2015, Rossiter received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). While at CCM, she performed the roles of Le Feu and Le Rossignol in L’enfant et les sortileges and Morgana in Alcina. An advocate for bringing opera to new and young audiences, Rossiter also performed the roles of the Sandman and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel and Rosina in an abridged version of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Cincinnati-based, non-proft Roundabout Opera for Kids: Cincinnati. In addition, Ms. Rossiter has continued her commitment to community outreach through oratorio. During the 2014/15 season, she was the soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah at the Blue Ash Presbyterian Church and Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH. She has also performed the soprano solos in the Brahms’ Requiem, also at Blue Ash Presbyterian Church, and Vaughn Williams’ In Windsor Forest and Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder, both at CCM.
Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Roundabout Opera for Kids: Cincinnati, 2014
Ms. Rossiter has participated and performed music in several festivals across the globe. In summer 2015, she studied at the Accademia Vocale di Lorenzo Malfatti in Lucca, Italy. In 2014, Rossiter was a Studio Artist at Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s, Newfoudland, where she performed in their productions of La Boheme and as Cobweb (cover) in Benjamin Briten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Vlad Iftinka. In addition, in 2012, she was a young artist at Songfest in Los Angeles, CA, where she worked with Margo Garrett and Libby Larsen. While at CCM, she also has had the honor of singing in master classes for Deborah Voigt and Andreas Scholl.
Rossiter found her love of performing through musical theatre, and she maintains a love for this repertoire. In addition to her operatic roles, she has also performed Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.
“To be an artist includes much; one must possess many gifts—absolute gifts—which have not been acquired by one’s own effort. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist must possess the courageous soul.”
— Kate Chopin