Coordinator of Voice
Kathryn Hartgrove has been described as a mezzo-soprano of precision, range and sheer splendor and has been heard throughout the United States, South America and Europe. Her many roles have included Judith in Bluebeard s Castle, Suzuki inMadame Butterfly, Thisbe in La Cenerentola, Siebel in Faust, Emilia in Otello and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with such companies as Lyric Opera of Kansas City, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera’s National Tour, Chicago Opera Theater, Lodz National Opera of Poland, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Piedmont Opera Theater and Opera Maine. She has performed as Soloist with the Istanbul National Symphony, the Pesaro Chamber Orchestra and Choir in Italy, the Grant Park Symphony of Chicago, the Hinsdale Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Shore Symphony, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony and the Beloit-Janesville Symphony. She has performed solo recitals in Europe, South America and the United States and has been heard on radio and television in Brazil, Turkey and the United States.
Some of her most recent concert engagements include concerts in Uberlândia and Campinas, Brazil and in Pesaro, Italy. Her other performances of Schoenberg’sPierrot Lunaire in Nuremburg, Germany and at the Dimitria Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Pasqua Festival in Ravenna, Italy; concerts in Poland at the Krakow Opera House; concerts at the Trujillo Bach Festival in Trujillo, Peru, opera galas in Macerata Feltria and Pesaro, Italy, a recital for the Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France as well as recitals in Bauru, Campinas, Uberlandia and São Paulo, Brazil. She is slated to present the North American premier of Cinco Poemas de Outono by Amaral Viera in Philadelphia in 2015.
Ms. Hartgrove is an active professional stage director. She recently staged opera scenes for the Festival of International Opera of the Americas. Other engagements include Dido and Aeneas at the Festival Música das Esferas and Cagnoni’s Don Bucefalo for La Musica Lirica in Italia, Pizza con Funghi by Seymour Barab with the Boston Opera Cooperative, Too Many Sopranos and Pizza con Funghi for Milwaukee Opera Theater, Die Zauberflöte for the University of Campinas in Brazil and Rita for La Musica Lirica in Italy.
As a Master Class technician, Ms. Hartgrove has worked with students at Southwestern University in Texas, Drake University in Iowa, Utah Valley University, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, the University of Memphis, the University of Montana at Missoula, University of Hawai’i in Honolulu, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Butler University in Indianapolis, Tuft’s University, New England Conservatory in Boston and Ithaca College. She has also given master classes at the University of Trujillo in Peru, the Summer Music Academy in Afytos, Greece, the University of Campinas, Universidade Sagrado Coração, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Estual de São Paulo and in Novafeltria, Italy. Upcoming Master Classes include.
Ms. Hartgrove is one of the co-founders and the Artistic Director of Festival of International Opera of the Americas (FIO Americas), located in Brazil. This Festival is unique to South America and is considered historic for Brazil in its conception and scope. It presents three fully staged operas with costumes, sets and orchestra and classes include Alexander Technique, period styles, acting, movement, voice lessons, coachings and opera scenes during the five-week period. The faculty and staff are some of the most respected artists in their field. Ms. Hartgrove was also the co-founder and Artistic Director of La Musica Lirica in Italia for thirteen years and was the program’s coordinator, as well as one of their stage directors and voice teachers.
Ms. Hartgrove is an Associate Professor of voice and the voice coordinator at Georgia State University. She received her Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and continued her study at Northwestern University. She has gone on to work professionally with many of North America’s finest stage directors and conductors. She has taught at Millikin University, Elmhurst College and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and still maintains a private studio in Milwaukee and Chicago.