After performing the rôle of the Baker's Wife in a school production of Into the Woods at Prior Park College, Kateriana was encouraged by PPC alumnus, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, to pursue a career in singing. Three years later, Kateriana entered the prestigious school of vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and gained an Honours music degree and, subsequently, the College's prized Professional Performance Diploma.
During her studies, Kateriana was awarded the Ricordi Opera Prize, Doherty Recital Prize, Prior Park College Music Scholarship, Mid- Somerset Festival Singer of the Year , Forderpreis (Lower Saxony), Thames Valley Young Musician of the Year, a Peter Moores’ Foundation Scholarship and a Britten-Pears Young Artist Scholarship.
Her professional opera début was with the Buxton Festival Opera when she sang Emma in Schubert’s opera Fierrabras opposite tenor Tom Randle. In 2000, Kateriana recorded the rôle of Marie-Curie in the UK premiere of Andriessen’s De Materie for BBC Radio 3 at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Later that year, Kateriana took part in the inaugural events at the Lowry Centre, Salford singing the rôle of Papagena in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute for the Precinct Opera Group with the Salford Symphony Orchestra. The following year, Opera Omnibus invited Kateriana to sing the rôle of Suzi in a new English translation of Moniousku’s opera Verbum Nobile.
Kateriana sang Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on tour in the UK and subsequently at the Edinburgh Festival with Palace Opera. She was invited to sing Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme for Clonter Opera; a rôle for which she received much critical acclaim. Kateriana sang the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel with Stowe Opera, and also for Opera South performed the mezzo-soprano title rôle in a new English translation of Bizet’s opera Djamileh.
As a company member, Kateriana has sung both in-house and on tour with Buxton Festival Opera, Mid-Wales Opera, Opera North, Raymond Gubbay Productions and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Kateriana performs throughout Europe as a soprano soloist in both secular and oratorio repertoire including Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Vier letze Liede by Richard Strauss, Britten's Les Illumations, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and notably Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Sir David Wilcocks.
Kateriana is an experienced concert programmer for Orchestral Galas, intimate Vocal Recitals and Corporate Functions.
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