AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Originally from Vermont, Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Beck has been recognized for her unique timbre and honest performances throughout the east and west coasts in opera, concert, recital work and more. She has been applauded for her “Frederica von Stade-like shimmer” and “florid musicality” (The Daily Trojan) throughout her education and professional careers.
Having recently won Third Prize in the Met Council Audition's Western Region on January 14th 2018, Beck is continuing her work as a young artist with Opera Colorado in Denver, Colorado. During her time throughout the 2017/18 season, she will perform the title role in Cinderella in Opera Colorado’s outreach production. On the mainstage, she will premiere the role of Lisette in Gerald Cohen’s Steal A Pencil For Me. She will also perform the role of Meg Page in Falstaff in May.
Last June, Beck made her debut at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra in the world premiere of James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim for symphony orchestra alongside four Tony-nominated artists, conducted by Keith Lockhart. She spent the remainder of the summer in Lenox, Massachusetts as a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Following Tanglewood, Beck returned to Los Angeles to perform the role of Mercedes in Carmen alongside Kelley O’Connor, Charles Castronovo and Rod Gilfry, conducted by Brent McMunn.
Favorite recent opera credits include the title role in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict and Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, both at USC Thornton. Beck also received applause in the Pittsburgh media for another “Sesto” in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Pittsburgh Festival Opera in 2016.
Some of Beck’s most memorable concert work includes singing in recital alongside Stephanie Blythe and a performance of Respighi’s Il tramonto both at the Tanglewood Music Center, the mezzo solos Mozart’s Requiem with Scripps College and Orchestra in Claremont CA, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Williams College in Williamstown Massachusetts, and multiple solo performances in Los Angeles with USC Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and more. Other favorite recital work includes two recitals with dear friend, pianist and repiteteur, Jasper Jimenez.
Beck received her MM in Vocal Arts at USC Thornton with a Teaching Assistantship, during which she gained invaluable experience in private vocal instruction. She received her BM in Vocal Performance at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York.