Catherine Thorpe, Soprano
Event: Lady Parts, Music of the Abolition Movement
Catherine Thorpe has been praised by The Washington Post as having “a voice of liquid silver” and The Boston Globe described her as “[a]n accurate and committed musician with a voice that can meet any demand, no matter how extreme, with secure and attractive tone.” Ms. Thorpe’s roles and musical stylings are as varied as her vocal range: from leading roles with the New York City Opera National Touring Company to featured solos with The Boston Pops and as the “girl singer” with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, The Providence Journal, aptly noted that she has “stage presence and range to spare…” She has enchanted audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific in numerous operatic roles, orchestral concerts and solo recitals.
A versatile musician and vibrant and engaging presence on stage, Catherine Thorpe is equally comfortable performing numerous vocal styles, from opera to early music to big band standards. For many years she was the featured Girl Singer with the famous Swing-n-Sway with Sammy Kay Orchestra on stage and appearing on specials broadcast by PBS stations across the country. She made her professional operatic debut with the Baltimore Opera in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with Leon Fleisher conducting. Singing the title role in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment with the New York City Opera National Company she toured across the United States. Other credits include La Rondine at Caramoor, Gianni Schicchi, Tender Land, and The Mighty Casey with the Juilliard Opera Center and Dido and Aeneas with Mark Morris Dance Company at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. On the orchestral platform Ms. Thorpe was the featured soloist on tour with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the baton of Keith Lockhart. She was the soloist in Karl Orff's Carmina Burana in a special performance for the Imperial Family of Japan at the renowned Bunka Kaikan Theatre in Tokyo. She has also appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Boston Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Telemann Chamber Orchestra of Osaka, the Baltimore Early Music Consort, and the Boston Chorus Pro Musica. An acclaimed champion of new music, Ms. Thorpe performed the world and U.S. premieres of Ruth Lomon's Songs from a Requiem, Arvo Paert's Te Deum with the Boston Coro Allegro, Robert Ceely's opera The Automobile Graveyard at Jordan Hall, as well as numerous concerts with the Auros Group for New Music in Boston. She can be heard singing the role of Merry on the Delos recording of William Schuman's opera The Mighty Casey, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. Ms. Thorpe's discography also includes Souls on Fire, and Kings and Fishermen, two new oratorios by Charles Osborne, with Souls on Fire featuring Leonard Nimoy as Narrator, and Hear Our Voices, songs from the ghettos and camps of Theresienstadt, both on the label of HaZamir Recordings.