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Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht’s 2012 season began with the role of Mrs. McLean in Florentine Opera’s production of Susannah, followed by the role of Guenevere in Orchestra Kentucky’s Camelot. Upcoming roles include Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis for Central City Opera in collaboration with the Colorado Symphony; her Carnegie Hall debut as alto soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, and her debut with Opera Company of Philadelphia as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Pracht’s 2011 season began with her Dallas Opera debut as Stephano in student performances of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette; followed by a turn as Rosina in Opera on the James’s Il barbiere di Siviglia; and the role of Julia in the World Premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals for Skylight Opera Theatre. In the 2010 season, Pracht made her international/Radio France debut singing Dorabella inCosi fan tutte with Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Belle-ile; and her Avery Fisher Hall debut in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the American Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Pracht has been a Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional finalist in San Antonio, Memphis, and twice in Minneapolis, where, in 2006, she won the Outstanding Mezzo Award.
In her role debut as Rosina in 2009 with Skylight Opera Theatre, music critic Tom Strini reviewed: “Her voice has developed into an instrument of extraordinary beauty and boundless agility. What a great pleasure to hear pitches and rhythms fall exactly into place within a warm, expressive flexibility, and to hear a voice so smooth and seamless and full throughout its range.”