Catherine Foster is one of the leading dramatic sopranos worldwide and has set herself apart internationally through her work with the Wagnerian repertoire. She is considered one of the most important soloists to have appeared over the last decade at the Bayreuth Festival and it is telling that she performed not just Isolde, but also Brünnhilde in both Götterdämmerung and Die Walküre at this years festival.

She has enjoyed an exceptional 2022/23 season, with debut appearances at the Victorian Opera in Melbourne as Elektra, and at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples as Isolde, not to mention her highly anticipated debut as Turandot at the Royal Opera House in London with Antonio Pappano conducting (March/April 2023). The season also included other highlights, not least her stunning success as Brünnhilde in the Concert Ring with the Dresden Philharmonic and Marek Janowski. Catherine is recognised around the world as one of the great Brünnhildes of our time but has also drawn acclaim in other dramatic roles such as Elektra, Turandot & Isolde making celebrated appearances at the world's most major opera houses most recently in Madrid as Isolde with Semyon Bychkov in May 2023.

Her extensive repertoire includes additional roles, such as Färberin in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, Abigaille in Nabucco, Leonore in Fidelio, Leonora in La forza del destino and Il trovatore, Eglatine in Euryanthe, Elisabetta in Don Carlo and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser.
On international concert stages Catherine is also a welcome guest and interprets works, such as Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Magna Peccatrix), Britten’s War Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with great artistry.
Catherine Foster regularly collaborates with important conductors like Kirill Petrenko, Marek Janowski, Adam Fisher, Philippe Auguin, Pietari Inkenen, Simone Young, Sir Donald Runnicles, Hartmut Haenchen, Alexander Soddy, Juraj Valcuha, Kent Nagano, Dan Ettinger and Daniel Barenboim at the world’s most renowned opera houses, not only at the Bayreuth Festspiel but including Washington, Tokyo, Shanghai, Athens, Bologna, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Budapest, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich.

For her work as an international singer Catherine has been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Reginald Goodall Award for her devotion to the works of Richard Wagner by the London Wagner Society. More recently Catherine was awarded the Australian Green room award for Outstanding performance in a lead Role for her portrayal of Elektra with the Victorian Opera in Autumn 2022.

The 2023/24 season begins with a Gala Concert at the Greek National Theatre celebrating the 100th birthday of Maria Callas, her appearances will continue through the 2023/24 season with Turandot at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera de Dijon and at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Greece with the Greek National Orchestra and Phillip Auguin conducting. Catherines season will also include Brünnhilde in Athens and Isolde at the Aalto Theater Essen culminating once again at the Bayreuth Festival 2024 as Brünnhilde in all three operas with Phillip Jordan Conducting.
Last updated September 2023
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