American soprano Katie Van Kooten’s operatic and concert appearances continue to thrill audiences and earn her praise for using her “powerful, gleaming soprano” to bring vibrancy and life to all of her performances.
The 2014-2015 season will see Ms. Van Kooten make her debut with the Atlanta Opera as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. On the concert stage, she will return to the Baltimore Symphony performing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Nicholas McGegan. She then returns to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra to sing the Marschallin in excerpts from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier alongside Heidi Grant Murphy. She ends the season performing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Van Kooten began the 2013-2014 season with a return to Oper Frankfurt for her first Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo. She then made her debut with the Florida Orchestra performing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under Evan Rogister. During the holidays, Ms. Van Kooten returned to the San Francisco Symphony for Handel’s Messiah led by Ragnar Bohlin. She returned to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and took the stage as Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème to much critical acclaim. She ended her season with performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Louisville Symphony under the baton of Jorge Mester.
After a highly acclaimed run of performances as Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda opposite Joyce DiDonato at Houston Grand Opera, Ms. Van Kooten returned there to begin her 2012-2013 season as Mimi in John Caird’s new production of La Bohème. Last season also marked a company and role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Grand Rapids. Notable concert performances of last season include the soprano soloist in A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams with the Sioux City Symphony and performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with both the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra led by Ignat Solzhenitsyn and the Charlotte Symphony with Christopher Warren-Green. In addition Ms. Van Kooten performed in a pops concert with the Baltimore Symphony and returned to her home town to sing in the Bellingham Music Festival alongside Frederica von Stade and Heidi Grant Murphy.
Operatic highlights from past seasons include Liù in Turandot with Opera New Orleans, her return to Covent Garden in 2004 as Magda in La Rondine and return performances there have included Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann opposite Rolando Villazón and led by Antonio Pappano, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Mimi in La Bohème, and Marguerite in Faust. She made her Japanese debut as Micaëla in Carmen under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, and her United States debut performing Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust with the Metropolitan Opera on the Great Lawn of Central Park.n to Oper Frankfurt as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes in a new production by Neil Armfield at Houston Grand, her house debut in a new production with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and her Oper Frankfurt and role debut as Vitellia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. Ms. Van Kooten made her house debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in the acclaimed Nicolas Joël production of La Rondine as Magda and at Houston Grand Opera as Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In concert, Katie Van Kooten returned to San Francisco Symphony for a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and performed in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She has sung Mozart’s Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski and Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Halle Orchestra led by Edward Gardner. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in a special New Year’s Eve program with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and made her Minnesota Opera and role debut as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier under the direction of Andrew Litton.
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Ms. Van Kooten studies voice with Rudolf Piernay. She received her Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Biola University where she studied with Dr. Jeanne Robison and is a graduate and perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute.