Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby made her Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season, singing Second Maid (Elektra), Voice from Above (Die Frau ohne Schatten) and Sister Mathilde (Dialogue des Carmélites). In the 2016/17 Season she returns to sing Spirit of Antonia’s Mother (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).
Carby studied at Canberra School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. 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 also sung in concert throughout Australia and in New Zealand, in repertory including Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Mozart’s Mass in C minor.
Engagements elsewhere include Don Ramiro (La finta giardiniera) for Buxton Festival, Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for West Australian Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Messiah at the Three Choirs Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.