Katrina Holden blends a silvery lyric voice with a love of words that permeates her performances. Described as a "dramatic" performer with a "strong voice", (The Boston Theater Review), she performs extensively throughout the Boston area in opera and in recitals throughout the country.
Of her company debut as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with Connecticut Lyric Opera, The Day in New London lauded; "... as Sophie, Holden was perfectly cast, teenage-fresh in both character and voice, making the most of the ringing top to ensembles given to her role. This is a singer who will be welcomed should she return to the CLO stage." And recently, she performed her third turn in the role of Musetta in Puccini's beloved La Bohème with NEMPAC Opera Project in Faneuil Hall, Boston.
Other operatic stage highlights include Beth in Mark Adamo's Little Women, (Opera del West), the title role in Cendrillon (MetroWest Opera), Countess Charlotte in A Little Night Music, (Boston Opera Collborative), Frasquita in Carmen (BOC), Musetta in La Bohème, (BOC and La Musica Lirica, Novafeltria, Italy), Mlle Silverpeal in The Impresario, cover (MassOpera), Prima Converse in Suor Angelica, (BOC) and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, (Muhlenberg Theater Association). Her versatility in musical theatre has encompassed such varied roles as Maria in The Sound of Music Polly in The Boyfriend, and Bonnie in Anything Goes.
Ms Holden has toured Austria as Erste Dame in a concert version of Die Zauberflöte with the AIMS Festival Orchestra under the baton of Edoardo Müller. Stateside, she has sung on a concert tour in Indiana as a soloist in early music recitals featuring the work of John Dowland with the group "Night's Blackbird". She has also toured with numerous other ensembles including the Yale Alumni Chorus in South America, and with the choir of Our Lady of the Assumption (CT) as a soloist in Vatican City. Following her interest in the repertoire of the Renaissance, she has collaborated on performances of early music with The Wincoma Consort in Pennsylvania and New York.
Katrina was selected as a Finalist in the "Talents of the World Competition" in Greater Boston in 2018 and in 2012, she was a Finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition in Bridgeport, CT. Katrina has a special love for German lieder and has sung numerous German-focused recitals, as well as in Jamaica Plain's Schumann Liederfest Series. She is also an active performer with Calliope's Call and the Boston chapter of Opera on Tap. She has performed in Master Classes with Norman Shetler, Damien Francoeur and Pierre Vallet.
Born in Woodbridge CT, Ms Holden graduated with her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory in Boston where she studied with James McDonald. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and English from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, where she was the recipient of the “Dorothy and Dexter Baker Foundation Award in the Performing Arts” and won first place in the “Class of 1969 Recital Competition”. Ms Holden currently studies with Elisabeth Phinney.