Soprano Katherine Jolly makes her debut with Houston Grand Opera in 2012, performing as part of their East/West Chamber Opera series, in a premier of New Arrivals. She will also make her debut with Virginia Opera, reprising Yum-Yum, in The Mikado, and will be featured with the company as one of three sopranos in their Simply Sopranos Gala Fundraising Weekend, leading up to a recital by Renee Fleming. Recent appearances include a return to Opera Theatre Saint Louis, American Lyric Opera and a debut with Amarillo Opera. The soprano returned to New York City Opera in 2010 for performances as Laoula in L’Etoile following her performances of the Fairy Godmother in Cendrillon. A winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, the New York Times wrote "Katherine Jolly used her agile, bright lyric soprano to superb effect in showpieces from Mozart's ‘Entfuhrung aus dem Serail’ and ‘Ariadne auf Naxos.’" Ms. Jolly returned to the Met in the spring of 2010 to workshop a new production with the company, and was featured with City Opera’s VOX series for new composers.
A bright, young, accomplished singer on the opera and concert stages Ms. Jolly received the William B. McMillan Award from Opera Theatre St Louis, where she was a Gerdine Young Artist for the 2005-2006 season, and a Resident Artist in 2006. Ms. Jolly has been seen with Opera Theatre St. Louis as the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. Ms Jolly recently made her debut with Florida Grand Opera as Blondchen in their production of Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. In the 2007-2008 season made her debut with New York City Opera as the Fairy Godmother in Cendrillon, and sang Adele in Piedmont Opera’s Die Fledermaus. Other operatic roles include
Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, The Queen in Menotti’s The Bride from Pluto, Saphir in Patience, The Real Angele in Weill’s The Tzar Has His Photograph Taken and the title roles in Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood and Richard Brook’s Rapunzel. Ms. Jolly made her European debut as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina with Opera Theatre Lucca in 2000 and performed throughout Tuscany singing recitals of Italian music.
In the concert arena Ms. Jolly performed most recently as the Soprano soloist with the Richmond Symphony, in Handel’s Messiah, and the Phoenix Symphony, in performances of Brundibar. Upcoming concerts include the Faure Requiem and Vivaldi's Gloria with the Sacramento Choral Society, and Mozart and Strauss with the Sinfornia Gulf Coast.
In addition to her recent Metropolitan Opera National Council Award, Ms. Jolly has been the recipient of many awards including being chosen as a finalist in the 2007 George London Competition, receiving the 2005 MacAllister Career Grant, second place in the Annapolis Opera Competition, first place in the 2005 Southern Illinois Young Artist Competition and the winner of the 2004 Metropolitan Opera Saint Louis District Auditions. In the spring of 2005, she was chosen to sing for the national conference of the National Association of Negro Musicians, with acclaimed pianist Joseph Joubert, in honor of Grace Bumbry. Ms. Jolly completed her Master’s of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, in 2001, where she was an Albert Yates Scholar. The soprano graduated summa cum laude from Boston University College of Fine Arts in 1999, where she received the Ellalou Dimmock Vocal Excellence Award. Currently Ms. Jolly is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts, in Voice, at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. As a graduate assistant, she is specializing in Vocal Pedagogy, and teaching private voice lessons and class voice.