Catherine Carby

Catherine Carby Mezzo-soprano

Australian Mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby studied at the Canberra School of Music and the Royal College of Music, London.

In Australia she has performed with the major opera companies including Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Victoria State Opera and West Australian Opera in roles including Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Countess Geschwitz Lulu, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award, Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title role in Carmen, Mallika Lakmé, Ruggiero Alcina, Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Arsace PartenopeDonna Elvira Don Giovanni, Nicklausse Les contes d’Hoffmann, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia, Smeraldina The Love for Three Oranges, Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Fenena Nabucco .

Catherine Carby was a finalist in several major competitions including the Kathleen Ferrier Award, the Richard Tauber Award and the Young Concert Artists Trust. Other roles have included Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Chelsea Opera Group, Vitige Flavio and the title role in Muzio Scaevola at the London Handel Festival, Don Ramiro La finta giardiniera at the Buxton Festival, Soeur Mathilde Dialogues des Carmélites, Second Maid Elektra and Voice from Above Die Frau ohne Schatten for the Royal Opera, London, Kate Pinkerton Madam Butterfly for English National Opera and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Scottish Opera.

Her concert engagements have included the C.P.E. Bach Magnificat with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sea Pictures with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Messiah for the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and at the Three Choirs Festival, Haydn Arianna auf Naxos with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Missa in tempore Belli with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Das Lied von der Erde with the Gardner Chamber Orchestra in Boston, Mozart Requiem with the Sydney Philharmonia, Der Rosenkavalier with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Taverner Supernatural Songs with the City of London Sinfonia, an Opera Gala with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and a Verdi Gala for the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder.

Her recordings and broadcasts include Messiah for the BBC, The Love for Three Oranges for Chandos CD, Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Australia CD / DVD and Classic 100 Opera for ABC.

Recent engagements have included Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Chelsea Opera Group, Aurelio L’Assiedo di Calais for English Touring Opera, Soeur Mathilde Dialogues des Carmélites,Second Maid Elektra and Voice from Above Die Frau ohne Schatten for the Royal Opera, London, Brangäne Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Festival Opera, the C.P.E. Bach Magnificat with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, Mozart Mass in C for the Polski Chór Kameralny, Taverner Supernatural Songs with the City of London Sinfonia and an Opera Gala with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Her current engagements include Diana La Calisto, Rodrigo Pia de’ Tolomei and the title role in Iphigénie en Tauride for English Touring Opera and Elijah at the Hexham Festival.

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