Katie Van Kooten

Soprano

Biography

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.

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Reviews

“…a major operatic talent. Her singing has something of the same glow radiated by Te Kanawa or Freni, and her endearing charm and bright smile make her a winning stage personality.”

The Daily Telegraph

“The rising young soprano Katie Van Kooten, an American who has made her career mainly in London, contributed a highly appealing Marguerite, offering a fluent, securely sung Jewel Song, graced by a good trill, and some nicely floated phrases in the Love Duet. She was also strong in projecting Marguerite’s anguish in the Church Scene.”

The New York Times