KATHRYN PAPA, Soprano, Artist-in-Residence,
is praised far and wide for her warm sound and sparkling timbre, as well as her “effortless panache” (Allegri con fuoco) and magnetic stage presence. An avid recitalist, Ms. Papa has sung recitals in California, Cincinnati and New York, most recently at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. She also has a passion for concert work, performing with ensembles such as the Bard Music Festival, and Mendelssohn's masterwork Elijah with the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Akron, OH.
Ms. Papa grew up in Manhasset, attended St. Mary’s, and sang there as a section leader and cantor. She received a Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she performed the roles of Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), the Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Atalanta (Xerxes) with the CCM Opera, as well as countless concert works. Ms. Papa then continued her studies and received her Master’s degree from Mannes College: The New School for Music, where she concentrated on a deep understanding of German lieder. She continued to deepen that study at Middlebury Language School’s German for Singers program, a 7-week immersive German language study where she performed in their German opera pastiche.
Favorite recent stage credits include Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Cinderella in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, and the title character in Hiram Titus’s Rosina. She was also seen in a workshop of John Musto’s upcoming family opera, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, with On Site Opera in collaboration with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera. In 2017, Ms. Papa made her Metropolitan Opera debut with the venerable Metropolitan Opera Chorus in their production of Verdi’s Requiem.