Described as a mezzo with a ‘memorable stage presence’ (Norman Armour, PuSH festival), Cathleen has been singing with abandon since age 4. Originally hailing from Ontario, she completed a Masters of Opera from the University of British Columbia in 2011. Recently, she created the role of Nurse/Third Lady in Vancouver City Opera’s May 2014 premiere of Pauline composed by Tobin Stokes and libretto by Margaret Atwood. This production will be reprised in October 2015 in Quebec City as part of the Québec en toutes lettres, Festival Littéraire.
Stage credits include Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, Ježibaba in Rusalka, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Marcellina in La nozze di Figaro and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Cathleen has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Opera Ensemble and the Northern Bohemia Orchestra (Czech Republic).
Cathleen was the recipient of a prestigious 2011 Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant for a lecture/recital entitled: Finding new repertoire in the digital age. She performs in recital regularly and loves to work with Canadian composers as often as she can.