Performance Database

Catherine Foster

Catherine Foster is one of the outstanding interpreters of the dramatic soprano repertoire and is internationally renowned for her exceptional portrayal of the most important roles in her vocal field. In the 2023/24 season, the artist will be seen in the title role of Puccini's Turandot at both the Hamburg State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, to name just a few of her future engagements.

This summer she returns to the renowned Bayreuth Festival as Brünnhilde and Isolde. A milestone of the 2022/23 season was her highly successful house debut at the Royal Opera House in London under the musical direction of Antonio Pappano. Prior to that, she was acclaimed at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein for her interpretation of Turandot, conducted by Axel Kober. Catherine Foster has also had sensational success as Brünnhilde in Wagner's Ring cycle with the Dresden Philharmonic under the baton of Marek Janowski and at the Wagner Days in Budapest (MüPa) under the baton of Adam Fischer, and likewise as Elektra in her Australian debut at the Victorian Opera in Melbourne, at the Hamburg State Opera in Dmitri Tcherniakov's production, and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin under the baton of Alexander Soddy. Other highlights this season included performances as Isolde at the Teatro Real Madrid under the baton of Semyon Bychkov and at the Teatro San Carlo Naples under Constantin Trinks.

Her broad repertoire includes additional roles such as Dyer (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Senta (Der fliegende Holländer), Abigaille (Nabucco), Leonore (Fidelio), Leonora (La forza del destino and Il trovatore), Eglatine (Euryanthe), Elisabetta (Don Carlo) and Elisabeth (Tannhäuser).

She has also made a name for herself in concert, performing works such as Verdi's Requiem, Mahler's 8th Symphony (Magna Peccatrix), Britten's War Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

Catherine Foster regularly collaborates with world-class conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Marek Janowski, Adam Fisher, Philippe Auguin, Simone Young, Sir Donald Runnicles, Hartmut Haenchen, Alexander Soddy, Juraj Valcuha, Kent Nagano, Dan Ettinger and Daniel Barenboim at the world's most important opera houses, including Washington, Tokyo, Shanghai, Bologna, Barcelona, Madrid, Budapest, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich.

For her extraordinary achievement as an international singer, Catherine Foster was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The London Wagner Society also awarded her the prestigious Reginald Goodall Prize for her devotion to the works of Richard Wagner.

Engagements in Bayreuth

Year Opera Part
2024 Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde
2024 Siegfried Brünnhilde
2024 Die Walküre Brünnhilde
2023 Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde
2023 Die Walküre Brünnhilde
2023 Tristan und Isolde Isolde
2022 Konzert unter der musikalischen Leitung von Andris Nelsons Soloist
2022 Tristan und Isolde Isolde
2021 Die Walküre Brünnhilde
2018 Die Walküre Brünnhilde
2017 Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde
2017 Siegfried Brünnhilde
2017 Die Walküre Brünnhilde
2016 Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde
2016 Siegfried Brünnhilde
2016 Die Walküre Brünnhilde
2015 Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde
2015 Siegfried Brünnhilde
2015 Die Walküre Brünnhilde
2014 Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde
2014 Siegfried Brünnhilde
2014 Die Walküre Brünnhilde
2013 Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde
2013 Siegfried Brünnhilde
2013 Die Walküre Brünnhilde