Catherine Carby

Mezzo Soprano


Currently residing in London, leading Australian mezzo soprano, Catherine Carby, has performed with major opera companies including the English National Opera as Kate Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly), Scottish Opera as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), British Youth Opera in the title role of Britten's Rape of Lucretia at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (subsequently issued on CD), Opera Australia (including OzOpera), Victoria State Opera and Opera Queensland.

For Opera Australia Catherine has sung in roles which include Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), for which she won a Helpmann Award, Mallika (Lakmé), Ruth(The Pirates of Penzance), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), for which she received a Green RoomAward, Ruggiero (Alcina), the title role in Carmen, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Kristina (The Makropulos Affair), Heavenly Being and Madam By-Ends(The Pilgrim’s Progress),Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Auntie (Peter Grimes).

International concert and recital engagements have included a Verdi concert for the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder, a solo recital at St James’ Piccadilly, Flora in Albinoni’s Il Nascimento dell’Aurora for Spitalfields Festival, concert performances of The Marriage of Figaro for London Mozart Players, Vitige in Flavio and the title role in Muzio Scevola for the London Handel Festival, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Southwark Cathedral, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde for Cambridge University Music and the Gardner Chamber Orchestra in Boston, Bach's B Minor Mass at Exeter Cathedral.

In Australasia, Catherine has performed Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn's Nelson Mass and in the Superdome Spectacular with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Elgar's Sea Pictures with the Queensland and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,Haydn's Arianna auf Naxos with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, at Opera Australia's New Year's Eve Gala Concert and Opera Under The Stars in Broome. 

Most recently Catherine sang Arsace in Partenope for Opera Australia, Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann for West Australian Opera and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier in concert performances with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under Paul Daniel.

Upcoming engagements will include Arsace in Partenope for Opera Australia, La finta giardiniera for Buxton Festival and Nero in L’incoronazione di Poppea for English Touring Opera.

Catherine Carby studied at the Canberra School of Music and the Royal College of Music, London. She was a finalist in several major competitions – the Kathleen Ferrier Award, the Richard Tauber Award and the Young Concert Artists Trust.