The American mezzo-soprano, Katharine [or Katherine] Goeldner, studied voice at the University of Iowa with Jocelyn Reiter, and German Lieder at Salzburg's Hochschule Mozarteum with Paul von Schilhawsky. She lives with her husband and daughter in Salzburg, Austria.
At the Metropolitan Opera, Katharine Goeldner has sung under James Levine as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini and the Schoolboy in Lulu-the role of her company debut. Other Met appearances have included Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette, and the Page in a new production of Salome under the baton of Valery Gergiev. A favorite at New York City Opera, she has been heard there as Carmen, Ruggiero in George Frideric Handel's Alcina, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and Minerva in Il ritorno d'Ulisse. She has been honored by NYCO with both their Diva Award and the Betty Allen Prize. In addition, she has appeared in Toulouse as Fricka (Das Rheingold), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), Geschwitz (Lulu), Idamante (Idomeneo), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos); in Lyon as Octavian and the Composer; at Paris' Châtelet as the Composer; in Bilbao as Charlotte (Werther) and Fenena; Seville as Octavian; in Monte Carlo as Count Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia; in Antwerp and Ghent as Fenena; and as Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) with the National Symphony under the direction of Sir Christopher Hogwood at the Kennedy center. Her Nicklausse from Bilbao Opera has been documented on DVD by Opus Arte.
Katharine Goeldner is a busy, sought-after concert soloist. In recent seasons, she has appeared during Vienna's Festwochen in an acclaimed performance of L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Georges Prêtre and the Wiener Symphoniker; she has performed Robert Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with the American Symphony Orchestra; Ravelís Shéhérazade with the Florida International University Symphony; Verdiís Requiem with the University of Iowa Symphony; Gustav Mahlerís Symphony No. 8 with the Bruckner Orchester Linz; and Hartmann's Symphony No. 1 with the Munich Radio Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the New York Choral Society. In addition, she has performed with such orchestras as the Vienna Radio Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, Mozarteum Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Basque National Symphony, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Prague Radio Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, Orchestre Philharmonie de Radio France, and Basel Sinfonietta, under the batons of such distinguished conductors as Sir Charles Mackerras, Hans Graf, Dennis Russell Davies, Lothar Zagrosek, Ulf Schirmer, Michael Schönwandt, Jesús López-Cobos, Adam Fischer, Marek Janowski, George Manahan and Bertrand de Billy. Katharine Goeldner has presented recitals for the National Symphony Orchestra's Mozart Festival at the Kennedy Center, the Salzburg Mozart Festival, Vienna's Festival Ravel, the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Drake University, and the University of Iowa.
Katharine Goeldnerís recent performances include a triumphant run at New York City Opera as Erika in Samuel Barberís Vanessa, and debuts at the Santa Fe Opera as Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Glimmerglass Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Dallas Opera as Fenena in Nabucco, and the Teatro Real Madrid as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos. In 2008, she returns to her signature role of Straussí Composer, in a production conducted by Ivor Bolton at Salzburg's Festspielhaus; in July, she will tour throughout Japan with the Seiji Ozawa Opera Project as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus; in September, she returns to her home state of Iowa to sing G. Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Cedar Rapids Symphony; and in December, she will make her Chicago Lyric Opera debut as Suzuki, alongside Patricia Racette as Madama Butterfly. Plans for 2009 include her debut at Florida Grand Opera as Fenena in Nabucco and a return to the Composer, this time in Oviedo, Spain.