Katharine Tier

Katharine Tier


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«Tier is a mezzo-soprano with excellent high notes, and the dark timbre of her voice lends the character an entirely new, rather tragically veiled contour. Balanced in all registers and sustained even in pianos, with dramatic arcs like lyrically sotto voce passages, this shining singer effortlessly stands at the center, radiating a vocal power of self evident authority as in the deeply moving suicide scene, in which she intriguingly sustains herself against the difficult abandonment of the bare death chamber and through extraordinary vocal intensity turns the evening into an event. ” (Translated from German)»
BNN Kritik (2016)
«Waltraute GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG , Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe “However, the level you should expect from the Karlsruhe House, Katharine Tier made clear. In the short Waltraute scene, suddenly everything was there: electricity, a conscious dealing with the text, and despite the slight vibrato an outstanding vocal performance. (Translated from German)»
BNN Kritik (2016)
«Carmen, CARMEN , Opera North "Miss Tier brewed an even, rich, sultry vocal delivery and coupled it with a sensuous stage presence and made this Carmen come alive and the audience believe. In short, she oozed sex appeal (and could maybe have even donemore) and made every eye fix on her when she was on stage. It was a fine performance...”»
Paul Joseph Walkowski, Operaonline.com (2016)
2017Wagner: Die WalküreFricka
2017Handel: SemeleJuno
2016Wagner R.: Das RheingoldFricka
2016Wagner R.: Das RheingoldFlosshilde
2016Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne
2016Bizet: CarmenCarmen
2015Gluck: Iphigénie en TaurideIphigénie
2015Wagner R.: Parsifal3. Blumenmädchen
2015Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesLa Tasse
2015Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesLa Libellule
2015Stravinsky: Le RossignolDeath
2014Korngold: Die Tote StadtBrigitta
2014Adams: Doctor AtomicKitty Oppenheimer
2014Britten: Peter GrimesMrs Sedley
2014Strauss J.: Die FledermausPrinz Orlofsky
2013Spontini: La vestaleThe Great Vestale
2013Wagner: GötterdämmerungWaltraute
2013Wagner: GötterdämmerungZweite Norn
2012Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierOctavian
2012Berlioz: Les TroyensDidon
2011Verdi: La TraviataFlora Bervoix
2010Verdi: La TraviataAnnina
2010Wagner: GötterdämmerungFloßhilde
2010Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorAlisa
2010Strauss R.: SalomePage Of Herodias
2009Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2009Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerMary
2009Mozart: Die Zauberflöte3. Dame
2009Strauss R.: Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65Stimme Von Oben
2009Massenet: WertherCharlotte
2008Korngold: Die Tote StadtBrigitta
2008Handel: AriodantePolinesso
2007Saint-Saëns: Samson et DalilaDalila
2007Mozart: Die Zauberflöte3. Dame
2007Puccini: Madama ButterflyKate Pinkerton
2007Puccini: La RondineSuzy


Young Dramatic Mezzo Soprano

Born In Sydney Australia, Katharine has been  working as a principal artist with the Badische Staatstheater Since 2011.  Performances in the 2016/17 season will see the debut of the Roles of Fricka in Die Walkurie, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, and Juno in Semele as part of the International Handel Festspiel. Previous Roles with the Badische Staatstheater include; Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Fricka in Rheingold, Waltraute in Goetterdämmerung (to be reprised in the new ring cycle in 2017/18), Didon in Les Troyens, Octavian in  Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen,  Iphigenie in Iphigenie en Tauride,  Orlofsky in Fledermaus and Kitty Oppenheimer in Dr Atomic.  Beofre Joining the ensemble of the Badische Staatstheater, Katharine spent a season with Deutsche Oper Berlin, prior to which she was a member of the San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship.  Katharine was in fact the first Australian female ever accepted into this highly prestigious young artist program

An avid concert performer and recitalist, in addition to Kindertotenlieder for Lieder Alive!, Ms. Tier has performed the Shostakovich song-cycle From Jewish Poetry, Op. 79; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; the Duruflé Requiem, Op. 9; Handel’s Israel in Egypt; Mozart’s Requiem in D minor; George Crumb’s song cycle, Night of the Four Moons,

written to the text of the pre-eminent Spanish poet and dramatist Frederico Garcia Lorca; James H. Carr’s song-cycle for Mezzo- Soprano and Clarinet, Four Wilde AphorismsMs. Tier has given recitals for the National Lieder Society and the Joan Sutherland Society, and can be heard in a recording of the acclaimed contemporary oratorio, Hallel for Our Times, by American composer Shelley Olson.

Katharine Represented Australia in Cardiff Singer of the World in 2010. Other awards include First place and the Marriane Mathy Scholarship in the 2001 Australian Singing Competition, The Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Scholarship and the 2002 Opera Foundation Australia Italian Opera Award which saw Katharine spend 4 months with Rome Opera.                 



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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner: Die Walküre Fricka Immediately Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Und Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe 2017
Handel: Semele Juno Immediately Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Und Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe 2017
Wagner R.: Das Rheingold Fricka Immediately Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Und Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe 2016
Wagner R.: Das Rheingold Flosshilde Immediately Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Und Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe 2016
Wagner R.: Tristan und Isolde Brangäne 1 week Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Und Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe 2016


Australian singing competition
cardiff singer of the world,Australian Representative
Joan sutherland society of sydney scholarship
Opera Foundation Australia Italian oper award
sydney opera awards, mezzo soprano prize