The American soprano, Catherine Naglestad, was born in California to Scandinavian parents and earned her Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory, furthering her studies in Rome, Milan and New York.
In 2006 the German Ministry of Fine Arts awarded her the title 'Kammersängerin' for her outstanding capacity in repertoire ranging from Barock to Verismo. In an international survey of critics, Opernwelt magazine named her the 'Singer of the Year' for her penetratingly intense role portrayals as Alceste and Norma.
Catherine Naglestad has sung with the festivals of Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Edinburgh, the Ruhr Triennale, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in concerts broadcast live from Suntory Hall in Tokio. Her opera house appearances include London (Covent Garden), San Francisco, Paris (Bastille and Palais Garnier), Lyon, Marseille, Berlin (Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper), Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart.
Catherine Naglestads richly varied repertoire includes roles such as Norma, Alceste, Alcina, Rodelinda, Melissa/Amadigi, Nedda, Poppea, Vitellia, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Konstanze, Musetta, Liù, Tosca, Elisabetta/Don Carlos, Leonore/Il Trovatore, Amelia/Ballo in maschera, Violetta, Dejanira/Royal Palace, Catherine/Der Protagonist, Herzogin von Parma/Doktor Faust, and Salome.
Her La Clemenza di Tito from Paris, Alceste, Alcina and Die Entführung aus dem Serail from Stuttgart have been recorded live for international television and are available on DVD.
Future projects include: Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, Bordeaux and Orange; Senta/Fliegender Holländer in Amsterdam; Tote Stadt in Madrid; Salome in Cologne and Vienna; Manon Lescaut in Marseille and Aida at the Bregenz Festival.