Kathryn Findlen

Mezzo-Soprano

      Mezzo Soprano Kathryn Findlen “has a rich, lush vocal quality and an incredible
     stage presence“ (Austin Post) which gained her a nomination for Best Classical
     Vocalist of the Year in Austin by the Austin Critics Table Awards.

     As a recitalist the mezzo’s collaborations place her at the forefront of new
     American concert repertoire. She has worked with Pulitzer Prize winning
     composers John Harbison, Robert Ward, and most recently with George Crumb on his newest piece for voice and piano “Sun and Shadow.“

This season she sings Ken Frazelle’s autobiographical work “Songs in the Rearview Mirror“ for its’ New York Premiere in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and appears as mezzo soloist for the Verdi Requiem with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Breathing life into characters, Findlen “shone as the traitorous Sextus… her coluratura was effortless” in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, portrayed “… a charming and puckish Cherubino“ (Austin American Statesman) in Le Nozze di Figaro, and has appeared as Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Angelina in La Cenerentola among others. She has appeared with Austin Lyric Opera, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Austin, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Texas Choral Consort, Austin Civic Chorus, and been presented in concert at Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin, Southwestern University, Texas Lutheran University and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Dedicated to encouraging a love of classical music in younger generations, Findlen serves as artistic director for the community chamber series Kaleidescope in Austin, Texas, and teaches on the faculty of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She began her training in the Brevard Music Center Opera Program and University of North Carolina School of the Arts at the age of 14, holds a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Music from UNCSA, and completed her opera apprenticeship at Austin Lyric Opera.