Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker

Light Dramatic Soprano

Berlin, Germany
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«The star was Parker's Senta, whose dramatic Ballad in Act 2 showed all the qualities of an ideal Wagner soprano.»
The Straits times (2016)
«Kathleen Parker erwies sich als Glücksgriff für diese Rolle, sowohl gesanglich als auch spielerisch vermochte sie die Innenwelt der Senta überzeugend auf die Bühne zu bringen.»
Thüringer allgemeine (2016)
«Australian soprano Kathleen Parker delightED the audience AS ELISABETH with bell-like high notes and A RICH, expressive voice. As she cried “Halt!”, appealing for Tannhäuser’s life, her voice pierced through the orchestra. she moved US with her earnest tone as she defended Tannhäuser with a plaintive prayer to the Virgin Mary.»
2017Britten: Peter GrimesEllen Orford
2016Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerSenta
2016Wagner R.: TannhäuserElisabeth
2016Strauss R.: ElektraFünfte Magd
2012Wagner R.: Das RheingoldWoglinde
2011Weber: Der FreischützAgathe
2011Wagner R.: Parsifal2. Blumenmädchen
2010Verdi: AidaUna sacerdotessa


Praised as "an ideal Wagner soprano" (The Straits Times), Kathleen Parker thrilled international audiences in 2016 with her portrayals of Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer (Victoria Theatre, Singapore) and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at the Seoul Arts Center. The Yonhap News lauded her "bell-like high notes" and "rich, expressive voice," and the Thüringer Allgemeine touted her performance as "powerfully acted and sung." 
Kathleen has enjoyed a varied career as a guest singer with a special interest in Wagner roles. She has performed as a soloist at Opera Cologne, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Schlossfestspiele Sondershausen and Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. In 2017 she will make her role debut as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes for the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater.
In 2010, Kathleen joined the ensemble at Opera Cologne. While in Cologne, she sang the following roles: High Priestess (Aida), Fifth Maid (Elektra), Flower Maiden II, 2 (Parsifal), Vitellia (Idomeneo), Soprano Soloist (Verdi’s Requiem), Peronskaya (War and Peace) and the Governess (Turn of the Screw).
Kathleen has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including most recently, the Wolfgang Wagner Prize and the Audience Prize at the International Singing Competition for Wagner Voices in 2015. Other awards include the Opera Foundation of Australia’s German-Australian Opera Grant, the Ethel Osborn Prize in Voice and the South-East Queensland Performing Arts Competition. She was also a finalist in the Herald Sun Aria Competition and the Concours de Chant in Marmande, France.
Born in Canada and raised in Australia, Kathleen studied at the University of Queensland, graduating with Honours I in 2003. She then received a full scholarship to train at the Australian Opera Studio, graduating in 2008 with the Dux Prize. While in Perth, she sang the following roles: elle (La Voix Humaine), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), Elettra (Idomeneo), Parasha (Mavra) and Arminda (La Finta Giardiniera). 

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Britten: Peter Grimes Ellen Orford Mecklenburgische Staatstheater Schwerin und Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle 2017
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer Senta Immediately Theater Nordhausen 2016
Wagner R.: Tannhäuser Elisabeth Immediately Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucheon City) 2016
Strauss R.: Elektra Fünfte Magd Immediately Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden 2016
Wagner R.: Das Rheingold Woglinde 1 week Berlin 2012


WOLFGANg wagner prize and audience prize, international competition for wagner voices
german australian opera grant, opera foundation of australia
south east queensland aria and concerto competition
finalist, concours de marmande