American soprano Kathryn Lewek has established a name for herself as one of the finest coloratura sopranos of her generation and performs all over the world, singing some of the most vocally challenging roles in the repertoire. She first appeared at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2017, singing Ginevra alongside Cecilia Bartoli in the Festival’s acclaimed production of Ariodante. She returns to the town this summer as Eurydice in Orphée aux enfers. Plans for 2019/20 include productions at the Washington National Opera and at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, her seventh season as the Queen of Night (Die Zauberflöte) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur and Ophelia in a concert performance of Brett Dean’s Hamlet for her Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut. She will also be heard as Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and as Gilda (Rigoletto) for the Nashville Opera and in further productions at the Met in addition to making her long-awaited debut at La Scala, Milan.
On the operatic stage Kathryn Lewek has already appeared in an impressive roster of leading female roles, including — most recently — her role debuts as Teresa (Benvenuto Cellini) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the title role in Maria Stuarda for the Edmonton Opera, her house debuts at the Glimmerglass Opera as Cunegonde in Francesca Zambello’s production of Candide and at the Bregenz Festival as Jessica in the world premiere of André Tchaikovsky’s The Merchant of Venice and appearances as Angelica in Handel’s Orlando at the Hobart Baroque Festival in Tasmania.
She has impressed audiences all over the world in her signature role as the Queen of Night, a role in which she is currently regarded as the leading international exponent. Among the houses where she has sung the part are the Met, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Washington National Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Leipzig Opera, the Opéra de Toulon, the English National Opera, the Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera in Copenhagen and the Bregenz, Aix-en-Provence and Castell de Perelada Festivals as well as the BBC Proms in the series Sir Henry’s Magnificent Musical Inspirations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.