British-American soprano Kathryn Frady has been widely praised for her vocal range and dramatic talent. Kathryn continues to create dynamic and vivid characters, thrilling audiences and critics alike throughout the United States and Europe. Recent credits include roles with New Orleans Opera, Opera Carolina, Knoxville Opera, Cleveland Opera Theatre, Wichita Grand Opera, the Helena Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Marble City Opera, Opera West!, Opera in the City Festival, London, England; The Mediterranean Opera Festival, The Pierre Cardin Theatre in Paris, Diversita Opera Company in Dallas, and the National Opera Center in New York City. Upcoming performances include Tosca with Marble City Opera, Alice Ford in Falstaff with Diversita Opera Company in Atlanta, and Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Oakridge Philharmonia.
Kathryn’s performance of La Traviata with Marble City Opera was named "Most Memorable Operatic Performance of 2017 by Arts Knoxville, which noted that Kathryn's voice possessed "the silky subtlety and delicacy to contrast with the requisite power the role demands. Her performance was dramatically personal and intensely musically satisfying.” Of her most recent performance of Poulenc’s The Human Voice, Arts Knoxville noted “Frady’s brilliance as a soprano capable of riveting the audience’s attention - in vocal depth, in lyrical beauty, and in a marvelously conceived ebb and flow of posture and attitude - was as rewarding as it gets in theater.” TN Today called the same performance “nothing short of a tour de force.”
A passionate advocate and prolific performer of modern operatic repertoire Kathryn's most recent performance of Julia Lowell in The Copper Queen by Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos was called “operatic gold.” Frady has been honored to perform two leading roles in World Premier productions of Griffen Candey's operas. Frady performed the role of Kate in Griffen Candey's Sweets By Kate and Jo in Candey's Follow Suit. Kathryn’s performance of Amelia in the World Premier of Larry Delinger’s opera Amelia Lost, was named “Most Memorable Operatic Performance of 2014.” Arts Knoxville called the performance “a sensational theatre experience.” Kathryn has also reprised the role in Cleveland, New York, and London. The composer has since dedicated the opera to Frady.
Upcoming roles include Nedda in I Pagliacci with Opera West! in Santa Fe, and the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah with Marble City Opera.
"Julia is a plum role for Kathryn Frady, who has both the lyrical softness to soothe and the dramatic power capable of knocking one’s socks off."
-Arts Knoxville 2022, The Copper Queen - Marble City Opera
"In addition to having those requisite vocal and dramatic qualities that make for great melodrama, Frady, appropriately costumed and coiffed, simply looked and sounded like the Tosca that one carries around in their mind’s eye. Deliciously, too, Frady brought romance to Act I and aced the Act II test of delivering a luscious and lyrical ‘Vissi d’arte” immediately after suffering the harsh dramatic physicality of Scarpia’s aggression toward her and his sadistic treatment of her lover Cavaradossi."
-Arts Knoxville 2021, Tosca - Marble City Opera
“Kathryn Frady electrifed the Square Room audiences in Larry Delinger’s Amelia Lost, a one-woman character piece about a homeless woman who believes she is Amelia Earhart. Frady’s performance was, simply stated, a sensational theatre experience. Matching her vocal characterization was an almost uncanny ability to dramatically transform her face, and her persona from softness and gentelness, to angst-ridden and depleted.”
– Arts Knoxville 2014, World Premiere of Amelia Lost – Marble City Opera
“As Papagena, Kathryn Frady’s voice found no quality wanting.”
– CVNC 2013, The Magic Flute – Opera Carolina
"The silky subtlety and delicacy to contrast with the requisite power the role demands. Her performance was dramatically personal and intensely musically satisfying.”
– Arts Knoxville 2017, La Traviata – Marble City Opera
“With the exception of Kathryn Frady as Annina, most of the other comprimario roles were far less adequately handled.”
– Opera News 2015, La Traviata - New Orleans Opera
“Frady’s brilliance as a soprano capable of riveting the audience’s attention - in vocal depth, in lyrical beauty, and in a marvelously conceived ebb and flow of posture and attitude - was as rewarding as it gets in theater.”
-Arts Knoxville 2017, The Human Voice – Marble City Opera
“Nothing short of a tour de force.” – TN Today 2017, The Human Voice – Marble City Opera
“As Angelica, soprano Kathryn Frady painted her character as a woman torn between the regimentation and a less angular, more joyous existence. As a result, Frady constructed a vocal arc for Angelica that begins with an invitingly lyrical softness that reflects a oneness with nature.”
-Arts Knoxville 2019, Suor Angelica – Marble City Opera