Catherine Martin


Praised by The Washington Post for her “gorgeous, warm voice that you want to keep listening to,”American mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin continues to make an impact in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to Strauss and Bellini. The 2019-2020 season sees her as Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung with the National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan, the cover of Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking and singing the 2nd Norn in Götterdämmerung and Waltraute in Die Walküre at Lyric Opera of Chicago, covering Marguerite in Berlioz’s Le damnation de Faust with the Metropolitan Opera, and Celeste in the world premiere of Castor and Patience with Cincinnati Opera. Her 2018-2019 season included Wowkle in La fanciulla del West with Maryland Lyric Opera, Tamara in Enemies, A Love Story with Kentucky Opera, Eva Crowley in An American Dream in a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Verdi's Requiem with the El Paso Choral Society, Maddalena in Rigoletto with New Orleans Opera, and Herodias in Salome with Dayton Opera. 


Recent seasons included her return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Waltraute in Die Walküre, her Minnesota Opera debut as Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking, joining the National Chorale for the world premiere of Angela Rice’s Thy Will Be Done performed at Lincoln Center, singing Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah with the Handel Oratorio Society, Meg in Falstaff with Intermountain Opera, Waltraute in Die Walküre with the Dallas Symphony, and Leonora in La favorita with New Amsterdam Opera.

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"The performances proved better than the opera itself, mezzo Martin the most imposing voice in the cast as Eva Crowley, the scale of Martin’s sound matched by the intensity of her delivery."-Chicago Tribune

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"Star-Making Performances, Female: Mezzo-soprano CATHERINE MARTIN brought a voice full of colors and a large, secure range to her performance as Leonora, the title character in Donizetti’s La Favorita in the concert version presented by New Amsterdam Opera. She was ind...


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"In the title role as Leonora, Catherine Martin brought a lush mezzo voice with agility in the coloratura and an even line. While her opening lines in the duet “Ah. mio bene” gave off some uncertainty, she quickly warmed up to showcase a rich timbre moving...


"Minnesota Opera has put together an excellent ensemble . . . It’s clearly a difficult score to sing, which makes this production’s performances all the more impressive. Catherine Martin has a clear, powerful mezzo-soprano voice and offered a disarmingly natural charac...


"All the smaller roles benefited from voices of leading-role caliber. The three Rhinemaidens blended and contrasted exquisitely as they rode the swells of the rolling river. Catherine Martin’s seductive mezzo suggests that she’s long due for promotion to dry land and a...

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