Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby made her Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Second Maid (Elektra). She has returned to sing Voice from Above (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Sister Mathilde (Dialogue des Carmélites), Spirit of Antonia’s Mother (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Minerva/Fortune (The Return of Ulysses) for The Royal Opera and Katharina Schratt (Mayerling) for The Royal Ballet. In the 2018/19 Season she sings Siegrune (Die Walküre) and Annina (La traviata) for The Royal Opera and Katharina Schratt for The Royal Ballet.
Carby studied at Canberra School of Music and London’s Royal College of Music. She has performed for all the major Australian opera companies including Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Victoria State Opera and West Australian Opera. For Opera Australia, her roles have included Countess Geschwitz (Lulu) and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), for which she won Green Room Awards, Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Arsace (Partenope) and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier, recorded for CD and DVD). Carby has sung in concert throughout Australia and New Zealand, in repertory including Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
Engagements elsewhere include Romeo for Chelsea Opera Group, Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride) and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) for English Touring Opera, Ino/Juno (Semele) with the CBSO, Nikona (Siberia) for the Festival de Radio France Montpellier Occitanie, Don Ramiro (La finta giardiniera) for Buxton Festival, Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) for Longborough Festival Opera and the Teatro nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Philharmonia and the Ulster Orchestra and Messiah at the Three Choirs Festival.