- Opera Canada
Soprano Kathleen Morrison is a young Canadian talent who has been touted as having a "Highly professional voice"(Kultur-Extra Berlin).
Known for her powerful voice and dramatic abilities, she is quickly becoming a sought-after performer on the international operatic stage.
Her repertoire spans from the light to dramatic coloratura roles.
"Powerful, sexy, and vocally dominating."
- Pause Magazine
In both Canada and Germany, Kathleen is best known for her rich voice and her dramatic portrayals. She recently debuted Violetta from Verdi's 'La Traviata' in both March and September of 2018, where Opera Canada called her 'riveting'. She has portrayed some of Mozart's beloved heroines: Die Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte “Powerful, sexy, and vocally dominating” (Pause Magazine), Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail “Especially beguiling.” (Berliner1 - Berliner Morgenpost), and Bastienne Bastien und Bastienne “Not only did she have a fantastic voice, with which she stood apart from her colleagues, but she plays her part convincingly with expressive facial expressions and gestures.” (Stadtrand Nachrichten).
Since 2012, Kathleen has been working professionally in Germany, primarily in Berlin. She made her debut with the Club-Theater Berlin, performed for 2 seasons in the smash hit "Breakin' Mozart" in the historic Wintergarten Varieté, where she sang both high flying arias of Mozart's Queen of the Night over 80 times in three years, and the Kammeroper Kleinmachnow. In November of 2014, Kathleen had the privilege of performing the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s freedom opera, Fidelio, where “Through her darker vocal colour and more dramatic attack, Kathleen Morrison's Marzelline stood out as a more lyric, never soubrette, soprano.” (Live-Kritik). These performances were special because they was part of the official celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Kathleen is often singled out for her distinct vocal flair and rapport with the audience, “Morrison dealt with wonderful ease the longest vocal part, while also flirting with the audience.” (Neues Deutschland). She has performed as a featured soloist with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburgisches Konzertorchester Eberswalde, Preussisches Kammerorchester, and the Berliner Oratorium Chor. She recently just returned from an extremely successful 10 city concert tour of China in November of 2017, where she performed for over a combined 1 million people. She is often featured with the Calgary Concert Opera Company in numerous of their performances for the Calgary and area.
Aside from her work on the operatic stage, Kathleen enjoys much success performing opera in unexpected ways. In 2016 she filmed a feature spot for the SING/TALK/PLAY webseries that profiles artists from Calgary. This project was in conjunction with Tourism Calgary, Nur Productions, and the Calgary Zoo. She performs often with Edmonton based Mercury Opera in their stagings of 'Fiamma: An Operascape', which brings opera "to the people in interesting venues". Their most recent triumphant performance was in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa, Canada for a packed audience underneath the Plaza Bridge on the banks of the Rideau Canal. She has also performed the same show on the balcony of the Old City Hall in Calgary, Alberta. Kathleen also enjoys performing with Cologne based Street/Light Performers Vagalume. These outdoor performances blended dance, circus artists, creative light costumes, and opera and have been a highlight of the Berlin Festival of Lights.
Kathleen was the 2016 Classical Music Representative for Calgary's Year of Music in 2016. She has made history by being the very first full opera performance (with Barbara King) in the new Central Public Library Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall and performed the Canadian national anthem at the 10th Anniversary of the Canadian Embassy at Leipziger Platz in Berlin. She is a laureate of the 2010 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques under the Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20, and had the distinction of being the only singer selected from the West coast of Canada that year. She is the recipient of the Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant (2010), the Enid and Clem Memorial Scholarship (2007), and also recently placed second in the 'Wettbewerb für Bel Canto Gesang' in Wernigerode, Germany (2012). Kathleen has also been featured in The Calgary Sun, The Calgary Herald, and on the CBC Eyeopener in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta celebrating her emerging operatic career.
Charity work is very important to Kathleen, and she donates her time and voice whenever she can. Some highlights include a recent performance with Mercury Opera in "A Great Ballroom of Fire" that raised nearly $19,000 for the residents of Fort McMurray after the city was ravaged by a wild fire, “Opera@ChicagoChophouse” with RowA Productions that raised over $14,000 for The Ability Society of Alberta, and a self produced concert, “An Evening of Opera” in 2013, where over two Tons of food, and a cash donation of $250.00 were donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
As a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Kathleen also holds an Artist's Diploma in Opera from the Vancouver Academy of Music. In addition to her studies in Canada, Kathleen is an alumna of the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Weimar, Germany) where she sang for 2 seasons. She enjoys an active coaching/teaching schedule with her studio 'Voice by Kathleen' and is the house soprano/vocal coach for the Renert School in Calgary, Alberta.
Kathleen splits her time between Berlin, Germany and her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her Samoyed, Alfio.