What I’ve Done

hat1I’m what’s known in the classical music world as a mezzo soprano. I started out as a coloratura mezzo, but I’ve matured into a dramatic, which I couldn’t be happier about. Basically, it means I’ve left the pretty young girls behind and vocally at least, I’ve entered the land of witches and evil old lady parts. It’s great fun. I’ve been a professional singer since 1987 when I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University. I started my opera career with the Canadian Opera Company as a member of their young artist program. From there I went on to train at San Francisco Opera as a member of the elite Merola program. That led to my brief dance with an American agent and living in New York City for a year and an audition tour in Germany. It was thrilling and expensive. I’ve enjoyed a vibrant career as a featured performer with almost every Opera company and symphony orchestra in Canada. As a perfomer my favorite roles have included Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Gaia in Richard Strauss’ Daphne and Carmen in Bizet’s opera of the same name.

Growing up my first love musical theatre and I’ve been lucky to weave musicals into my professional journey. I katisha1was a member of the Toronto Cast of Phantom of the Opera from 1993 to 1996.

It was during my time in Phantom of the Opera that my interest in musicals was revived. This resulted in the creation of several musical reviews. I toured these around Ontario, Alberta and BC. In 2005 I relocated my family to Victoria, B.C. Living here has sent my career in wonderful unexpected directions. I’ve appeared in new musicals at the Belfry Theatre and The Victoria Fringe Festival with Theatre SKAM. I’m also a regular host and contributor with Gotta Getta Gimmick for their Broadway nights.

After so many years of singing the music of dead European composers in huge venues, I find I am now inspired to share music in a more intimate way. I’ve been testing the waters. In the summer of 2014 I collaborated with my husband on a show for a local summer festival. With a comedic slant, I sang the themes and we told the entire story of the Ring Cycle in 10 minutes…well about 11 and half. It was called ‘The Ring in 10’ and it was voted audience favorite.
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As well as my ongoing performance career I’ve enjoyed many rich teaching opportunities. I’ve taught classical voice at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Opera Nuova and the University of Victoria. At the Canadian College of Performing Arts I’ve loved teaching Broadway voice and acting for singers. It is a joy to have the opportunity to mentor in so many of the fields I love.