- 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). Her repertoire has expanded into the Lyric/Spinto fach.
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 Calgary and area.
Aside from her work on the operatic stage, Kathleen enjoys much success performing opera in unexpected ways. 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 enjoys performing with Cologne/Brazil based Street/Light Performers Vagalume. These outdoor performances blend dance, circus artists, creative light costumes, and opera. The are consistently the highlight of the Berlin Festival of Lights and numerous Christmas Markets around Germany and Austria. No stranger to the actual circus, she performed the role of Madame Herz in Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor on horse back and also suspended 20 feet in the air in an aerial hoop. She has performed with Edmonton based Mercury Opera in their stagings of 'Fiamma: An Operascape', which brings opera "to the people in interesting venues". Interesting venues have included underneath the Plaza Bridge on the banks of the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario, and the balcony of the Old City Hall in Calgary, Alberta.
Kathleen was the 2016 Classical Music Representative for Calgary's Year of Music. In 2019 she 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 operatic career.
During 2020, while the arts sector was decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Kathleen has maintained an active performance schedule, albeit in a new way. With her Divas Opera partner (Barbara King), she released 6 'physically distant duets', performed an hour long live stream concert with the #bandtogetherproject, performed with the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra in a pre-taped concert for Spruce Meadows Canada Day celebration, released 6 Christmas videos, and most importantly, produced and performed in one of the only live performances in 2020. 'The Show Must Go On' occurred on September 15th on the rooftop patio of the Marriott Hotel on Stephen Avenue, and had an audience of 97 people, appropriately distanced and safe. No cases of transmission were reported, and the audience was thankful for a live performance.
Charity work is very important to Kathleen, and she donates her time and voice whenever she can. Some highlights include recent performances with Barbara King promoting CTV's Toy Mountain Campaign that benefitted the Calgary Emergency Woman's Shelter, Mercury Opera's "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 prestigious Renert School in Calgary, Alberta. In 2021 she will return to her alma mater, the University of Lethbridge, to give a masterclass.
Kathleen splits her time between Berlin, Germany and her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. When she is not singing, she can be found training her purebred, Champion Trick Samoyed, Alfio.