British Soprano Catherine Foster has become one of the most renowned Brunnhildes on stage today and will be completing a full five year run in this role of the renowned Frank Castorf Ring in Bayreuth in 2017. Having begun singing Brunnhilde in Weimar in 2007 Catherine quickly went on to sing the role on stages in international houses such as Hamburg Staats oper, Berlin Deutsche oper, Berlin Staats oper, Shanghai with the Cologne opera, Helsinki, Essen, Budapest, Bucharest, Tokyo, Riga, Liceu Barcelona and with the Netherlands opera for their final staging of Pierre Audis world renowned Ring in 2014. In 2013 Catherine was invited to sing in the 200th anniversary Ring production in Bayreuth and made her USA debut in Washington DC in the renowned Francesco Zambello Ring in 2016 to great acclaim.
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As Brunnhilde Catherine has had the privilege to work with conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Marek Janowski, Adam Fisher, Simone Young, Sir Donald Runnicles, Daniel Barenboim, Hartmut Haenchen, Leif Sergestam, Marcus Stenz, Stefan Soltesz, Carl Sinclair and Cornelius Meister singing in productions and working with directors such as Pierre Audi, Claus Gut, Frank Castorf, Robert Carsen, Götz Friedrich, Francesca Zambello, Michael Schulz and Dietrich Hilsdorf.

Catherine was born in Nottingham UK, where she first qualified and worked as a nurse and midwife before beginning her professional studies for singing at the Birmingham Conservatoire between 1995-97 under the guidance and tutelage of Pamela Cook MBE, who remained her teacher till 2013. She then won the acclaimed Dame Eva Turner award to continue her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music during the 1997-1998 term, where she attracted the attention of Sir Peter Moores who went on to sponsor her for a year’s study in London at the London Opera Studio suring the 1998-1999 season. In 2014 Catherine was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Birmingham Conservatoire for her work as an international singer.
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Her first professional engagements were as the Queen of the Night with Opera Northern Ireland in 1998, with Welsh National Opera in 1999, and with English National Opera in 2000. Between 2001 and 2011 Catherine sang in the ensemble of the DNT Weimar with roles such as Mimi, Elisabeth in Tannhaüser & Don Carlos, Leonora in Fidelio & Il Trovatore, Turandot, Abigaille, Tosca, Elektra, Isolde and Brünnhilde.

Catherine's international career began on the Dresden stage with Kaiserin in 2006, Senta from 2008 - 10 and Fidelio in 2010. Her guest appearances continued with Isolde in Frankfurt (2011) and Nice(2012), Turandot in Hamburg State Opera (2012) and at the Berlin Deutsche Oper since 2010. As Abigaille Catherine has appeared in Bremen (2007) and in Stuttgart in 2013 and 2015.

As a leading protagonist of the dramatic roles Catherine is also becoming known for her interpretation of Strauss's Elektra which she began in 2010 in Weimar followed quickly by Cologne, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Lübeck, Mannheim and more recently at the Deutsche Oper Berlin at the beginning of 2015 followed by a Radio broadcast with the Berlin Radio symphony orchestra and Marek Janowski conducting in May 2015. In the 2016/17 season Catherine will be singing the role in Sao Paulo and Mannheim.

Future engagements also included in the 2016/17 season will see Catherine returning to Bayreuth in summer 2017 to reprise her role as Brünnhilde, to the Deutsche Oper Berlin and with the Gürzenich Orchestra of Köln as Turandot, Gelsenkirchen in a new production of Isolde, as well as concerts in Wiesbaden and Bremen and premiering the new Götterdämmerung in Wiesbaden in April 2017.
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