Katherine Growdon, mezzo-soprano

Boston-based mezzo-soprano Katherine Growdon has received critical acclaim for her expressive performances – from “incisively authoritative” (New York Times) to full of “heartrending emotion” (San Francisco Classical Voice).  Her voice has been described as “rich, rippling” and “full of dusky colors and pathos” (Boston Globe).  A versatile performer in concert and theatrical settings, she is known for her total commitment to music, character and text: “...she used her eyes and expressive face to heighten the meaning of all she sang; I was riveted and felt like she was singing directly to me” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).  

Katherine has performed as a soloist with renowned groups including the Handel + Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, American Bach Soloists, Mark Morris Dance Group, Bach Collegium San Diego, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Albany Symphony. An ardent lover of song, Katherine has presented numerous recital programs, including at Trinity Wall Street in NYC and LiederAlive! in San Francisco, and she was one of thirty international singers invited to participate in Thomas Quasthof’s first Das Lied competition in Berlin.  

Katherine’s fellowships and awards include the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams fellow, first place in the Western regional NATSAA competition, and third place in the American Bach Soloists vocal competition.  On disc Katherine appears as a trio soloist in Kati Agócs Vessel on the critically acclaimed BMOP recording The Debrecen Passion (also featuring the Lorelei Ensemble).

Katherine's current season includes a performance of Ezra Sims' If I Told Him at Beyond Microtonal Pittsburgh, St. Catherine in Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher with Odyssey Opera, Knüpfer and Bach cantatas with Ensemble Origo, and a 3 week Ireland tour of Gare St Lazare Ireland's Here All Night.