Kathleen Berger

Kathleen Berger

Lyric Soprano

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2013Mozart: Die ZauberflöteErste Dame (First Lady)
2013Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
2013The Sound of MusicSister Margaretta (cover)
2012Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2010Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreAdina
2000Strauss J.: Die FledermausRosalinde
2000Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2000Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2000Sondheim: Into the WoodsDie Hexe / Witch

Bio

An Arizona native, soprano Kathleen Berger most recently appeared as the Erste Dame in Die Zauberfl&oumlte with Opera Duende in Almería, Spain, in recital in “Mozart: Sacred and Profane” with Southwest Chamber Arts in Arizona, as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Concerlírica Ópera Internacional and the National Opera of Odessa on tour in Spain, and in recital at the Ateneo de Madrid and the Palacio Foz (Lisboa, Portugal) with mezzo-soprano Katherine Marriott and pianists Joe Coronado and Andrea Luisa Teixeira, performing a program dedicated to baroque and 20th-century music. She debuted as the Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and appeared as the soprano soloist in a gala concert with the Fundación Prolírica de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. She gave a recital of all Baroque-era compositions with Karen Hendricks Crawford, soprano, Garold Whisler, piano and organ, and James Benitez, trumpet, appeared as Musetta in La Bohème with Concerlírica Ópera Internacional in Abarán and Puente Genil, Spain, and traveled to the United States to perform in recital with Kristin Dauphinais, mezzo-soprano, at the University of Arizona. Previously she sang Violetta in La traviata and Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with Concerlírica Ópera Internacional in theaters throughout the Andalucía region of Spain and gave recitals in Fountain Hills (AZ), Zamora, Huelva and Madrid. She debuted with St. Petersburg Opera in Florida as the Witch in Into the Woods (“Kathleen Berger’s Witch came into her glamorous own in Act 2 with a spellbinding Last Midnight” – St. Petersburg Times) and created the role of Jenny Lind in the world premiere of “The Pervasive Echo,” a performance art piece by Ruth Sacks, for the Performa Music Festival in New York City. She returned to Compañía Lírica Dolores Marco as a soloist in Zarzuelas y Revistas, celebrating the music of Maestro Alonso, at Teatro Fernán Gómez in Madrid. With tenor Guillermo Orozco and pianist Ángel Andrés, she appeared in two sold-out concerts for the Real Sociedad Económica del País in Jaén, Spain. Ms. Berger gave a recital tour, performing to standing-room-only crowds throughout the Castilla y León region in Spain, as the first classical artist to perform with the festival Músicos en la Naturaleza (“The great interpretive gifts of Kathleen Berger served to put the public in her pocket, ensuring that the audience supported the singer from the first moment. But in addition to her charm, one cannot overlook the extraordinary quality of her voice...” – La Gaceta de Salamanca). As a result, she was featured as the cover artist of the magazine “Con M de Música,” a publication of “El Mundo.” She appeared to critical acclaim as Musetta with Concerlírica Ópera Internacional at the Teatro Municipal de La Velada in Línea de la Concepcion and in the 4,000-seat Palacio de Deportes in Salamanca, and repeated her Violetta at Teatro José Maria Rodero in Torrejón de Árdoz, alongside tenor Francisco Sánchez and baritone Luis Santana. Ms. Berger's roles include Micaela (Carmen), Marguerite (Faust), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Adina (L'elisir d'amore) Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and the title role of The Merry Widow, among others. In the realm of oratorio she sings the soprano solos in such works as Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Haydn's Creation, Lord Nelson Mass and Seasons, Fauré's Requiem, Brahms' Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah and Samson, and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Kathleen Berger currently lives in Phoenix. Her upcoming engagements include Nella in Gianni Schicchi and a series of recitals, both with Opera Revolution in Arizona, and Sister Margaretta (cover) in The Sound of Music with Arizona Broadway Theatre in November and December of 2013.
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Erste Dame (First Lady) Immediately Opera Duende 2013
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rosina Concerlírica Ópera Internacional 2013
The Sound of Music Sister Margaretta (cover) Arizona Broadway Theatre 2013
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Contessa d'Almaviva Fundación Prolírica de Antioquia 2012
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore Adina Concerlírica Ópera Internacional 2010