Katharine Goeldner, mezzo-soprano, has been heard on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Finland’s Savonlinna Festival, Opéra National de Lyon, Teatro Real Madrid, the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Santa Fe Opera, Welsh National Opera, New York City Opera, and the operas of Dallas, Seville, Oviedo, and Monte Carlo. She has recorded with the Bilbao Opera, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Symphony, and has also appeared in concert with Orchestra Iowa, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Bruckner Orchester, Berlin Symphony, Basque National Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonie de Radio France, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Prague Radio Orchestra, and the Filarmonica Toscanini Parma.
In 2016, Katharine took part in two exciting world premieres: she created the roles of Jacqueline Onassis in JFK for Fort Worth Opera, and Peggy Ophuls in Shalimar the Clown, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie, for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In addition, she made her role debut as Amneris in Aida with Utah Opera; she debuted as Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummernight’s Dream with Hawaii Opera Theatre; she made her Dutch National Opera debut as Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro; she returned to Minnesota Opera, as Fricka in Das Rheingold; and she performed Shostakovich’s Songs from Jewish Folk Poetry with The Orchestra Now (TON) at Carnegie Hall. In January 2017, she made her role debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Upcoming performances include Mme. Larina in Eugene Onegin for the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and her role debut as Dalila in Samson et Dalila for Virginia Opera.
Together with the flutist Amy Morris and pianist Eric McEnaney, Katharine formed the chamber trio The Prairie Song Project, whose purpose is to promote the works of Midwestern composers, artists, and musicians. The trio has performed throughout the US and in Europe.
Born and raised in Sigourney, IA, Katharine received a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Iowa, where she studied with Prof. Jocelyn Reiter, and a Magister Diplom in Art Song and Oratorio from the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Katharine lives in Salzburg with her husband Edward Bartlett, a bassoonist in the Mozarteum Orchestra, and their daughter Anna.