Katherine Rohrer
Mezzo soprano
New England First Place Winner, 2001
National Council Finalist 2001

After a busy and successful international opera career, in 2013 Katherine Rohrer joined the faculty at The Ohio State University as an assistant professor of voice. The mezzo-soprano has a Bachelors in Music Education from Florida’s Stetson University and a Masters in performance from the New England Conservatory. She  received first place in the Rose Palmer Mobile Opera Competition, and was a finalist in the Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera and the recipient of Central City Opera’s John Moriarty Apprentice Encouragement Award.


With a strong affinity for early opera, Katherine made her debut as Oberto in Handel’s Alcina with San Francisco Opera (2002), a role she later reprised at the Opéra National de Lyon (2005). Her New York debut was with Gotham Chamber Opera as Teseo in Handel’s Arianna in Creta; she returned to New York for her debuts with New York City Opera (2006) in a rarely performed Handel opera Flavio as Vitage, and with Glimmerglass Opera (2007) in the role of Messenger, and Proserpine in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. An Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera from 2004-2006, Katherine returned to the company for the 2006-2007  and 2007-2008 and seasons, performing the roles of Dorabella in Cosìfan tutte, Polina in The Queen of Spades, and Maddalena in Rigoletto. She also made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Stephano in Roméo et Juliette. 


The versatile mezzo continued to explore the breadth of the operatic repertory: Stella in Elliott Carter’s What Next? at the Miller Theatre in New York City; Clara in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery in Valencia, Spain;  Sonyetka in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mzensk with the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile; Nicklausse/Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Colorado and Florida Grand Opera; Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust with Oper Frankfurt, the Malaysian Philharmonia, and the Saint Louis Symphony; Lady Macbeth in Bloch’s rarely-heard Macbeth with London’s University College Opera; Mercedes in Carmen and Nadine in the world premiere of John Lunn’s Tangier Tattooat Glyndebourne and the title role in Carmen with Glyndebourne On Tour; the Le Pèlerin (the Pilgrim) in Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin with Vlaamse Opera; and Princess Clarice in Prokofiev’s L’Amour des Trois Oranges with Thèâtre de Genève,


Katherine’s many concert engagements included Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Japan with the Mito Chamber Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Atlanta Symphony, and the Verdi “Requiem” with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Her Carnegie Hall debut for the Marilyn Horne Foundation was followed by recitals in Louisville, Kentucky and Bradford, Pennsylvania.



Ms. Rohrer is represented by Christopher Carroll Artist Management.


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