2004 – Katharine Tier

Mezzo Soprano A former member of both the prestigious Merola opera program and the Adler Fellowship Program of the San Francisco Opera, Katharine Tier has achieved considerable recognition as a young artist in Australia and abroad. She has performed with San Francisco Opera, Opera North (USA), Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia, the Saito Kinen Festival (Japan), the Sydney, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the American Philharmonic, the UC Davis Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Empyrean Ensemble, Macquarie Singers and Earplay. She has given numerous recitals and participated in concerts both for charity and for organisations such as the National Lieder Society and the Joan Sutherland Society.

In 2011 Katharine joined the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe where she is currently a principal artist. Her roles in Karlsruhe have included Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Didon (Les Troyens), Carmen title role, Flora (La Traviata), the Grande Vestale (La Vestale), Waltraute, Flosshilde and Zweite Norn (The Ring Cycle), Kitty (Dr. Atomic), Clementine (Barbe Bleu) and her upcoming roles will include the title role in Iphigénie en Tauride. Further opera credits include Brigitta (Die Tote Stadt), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Suzy (La Rondine), and Kate Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly) all for San Francisco Opera as well as covering the title role of Dalila in their 2007 production of Samson et Dalila; Annina (La Traviata), Flosshilde (Die Götterdämmerung), Waltraute and Erda (Klein-Siegfried), and Third Lady (The Magic Flute) for Deutsche Oper Berlin; her Japanese debut at the Saito Kinen Festival as the Page in Salome; the title role in Carmen for Opera North; Dorabella (Così fan tutte) with Virginia Opera, USA; Mary (The Flying Dutchman) for State Opera of South Australia.

2014 sees her debut with Dallas Opera in the role of Brigitta in Die Tote Stadt. An avid concert performer and recitalist, Katharine has performed the Shostakovich song-cycle From Jewish Poetry,Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Duruflé Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Mozart’s Requiem, George Crumbs’ song cycle Night of the Four Moons, James H. Carr’s song cycle for mezzo soprano and clarinet Four Wilde Aphorisms, and concert performances of Puccini’s La Rondine and Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortiléges.

As winner of the Opera Foundation Australia Barilla Award, Katharine spent several months studying in Italy. Following her return, she travelled to Germany as Australian finalist in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition. In 2009 Katharine was chosen to represent Australia as a finalist in the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.  Other awards she has received include the Marianne Mathy Scholarship at the Australian Singing Competition in 2002, second place Encouragement Award in the McDonald’s Operatic Aria Competition in 2003, the Operatic Voice section of the McDonald’s Performing Arts Challenge in 2002, the Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Scholarship in 2001 and Opera Foundation Australia’s Barilla Award. Katherine is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.