Biography

Hailed by Gramophone for her “remarkably vibrant and flexible voice” and Opera News for her “wonderfully clear, pointed sound and the natural warmth she brings to her character”, soprano Katrina Thurman is one of the most promising talents of her generation, captivating audiences and critics alike with her distinctively beautiful voice, powerful stage presence, sensitive artistry, and physical beauty. Last season, Thurman reprised her hilarious Berta in director Michael Shell’s sparkling Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Omaha, sang Gabrielle in La vie parisienne with First Coast Opera, Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore in her return to Opera Philadelphia, made her Carnegie Hall debut in Rutter’s Magnificat with Manhattan Concert Productions, and covered Violetta in La traviata with the Shippensburg Music Festival. This season, she joins the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York as Blanche in the world premiere of Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre, performs excerpts of Victoria Bond's Mrs. President at Symphony Space in NYC, returns to Florentine Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia, is the soloist for Mozart's Requiem and Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass with Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall, and gives master classes and recitals at the University of Mobile and the University of South Alabama.

Engagements for 2014-2015 included Ms. Thurman’s debut with Opera Philadelphia as Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a return to Syracuse Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus, presenting a master class and recital as a guest artist with Reinhardt University, and performing in Indianapolis Opera’s first annual Crescendo Concert. In the 2013-2014 season, she debuted with Florentine Opera as Musetta in La bohème, made her role debut as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Shippensburg Music Festival, and appeared in concert with Syracuse Opera. In 2012-2013, she debuted the role of Isabella Beecher in Mrs. President with Anchorage Opera, sang Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella with Tulsa Opera, joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for 'S Wonderful! 'S Marvelous! Gershwin!, returned to Oper Bonn in Germany to reprise the role of Mrs. Naidoo in Philip Glass's Satyagraha, and headlined in a one woman cabaret at the University Club of New York. Her 2011-2012 season included Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Shreveport Opera, Gilda in Rigoletto with Sacramento Opera, Maria in The Sound of Music with Anchorage Opera, the cover of Eurydice in Telemann's Orpheus with New York City Opera, Sophie De Palma in Terrence McNally’s Master Class with Alpine Theater Project, and Isabella Beecher in Victoria Bond’s Mrs. President at Symphony Space in New York in conjunction with Anchorage Opera. 

Additional performance highlights include Ms. Thurman’s French opera debut as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Opéra de Lyon, her critically acclaimed German debut with Oper Bonn in the roles of Alyeya in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, Vénus in Rameau's Dardanus, and Mrs. Naidoo in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Lyrique en Mer and Sacramento Opera, Musetta in La bohème with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Piedmont Opera, Martha in the world premiere and recording on the Naxos label of Louis Karchin’s Romulus with American Opera Projects, Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Syracuse Opera, Ellen in Lakmé and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with Florida Grand Opera, Die Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Tulsa Opera, Belinda in Dido & Aeneas with The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, Liz in the New York City workshop staging of Conrad Cummings’ new opera The Golden Gate, and principal soloist in the European premiere of The Opera Show, which toured Spain, Italy, and England.

An accomplished recitalist and concert artist, Ms. Thurman has been a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Omaha Symphony and the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, and made her New York City recital debut at Trinity Church in the Noonday Concert Series. Ms. Thurman is an alumna of the Young American Artists Program at Glimmerglass Opera, where she performed Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Ninfa in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, covered the role of Bianca/Lois Lane in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate and  performed as a soloist in We Open in Paris, a concert with celebrated pianist Steven Blier and the Aspen Opera Theater Center, where she performed Sister Suzanna in the world premiere of Bernard Rands’ Belladonna. She was the Silver Medalist at the American Traditions Competition, First Place & Audience Choice Award winner in the Classical Singer Competition and has received awards and honors from the Jensen Foundation, the National Opera Association, the Connecticut Opera Guild, the William C. Byrd Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges.

A consummate actor and communicator, Ms. Thurman is prized for her master classes which focus on encouraging developing singers to bring text and story to life. Thurman has presented master classes and forums on the business of singing at New York University, Manhattan School of Music, the University of South Alabama, the University of Mobile, Anchorage Opera, the Festival Lyrique de Belle Ile-en-Mer (France), and Reinhardt University, to name a few.