In the 2013/14 Season Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby makes her Royal Opera debut as Second Maid (Elektra), and also sings Voice from Above (Die Frau ohne Schatten) and Soeur Mathilde (Dialogue des Carmélites).
Born in Australia, Carby studied at the 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) 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.
Carby’s recent performances have included Arsace (Partenope) for Opera Australia, 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 Messiah at the Three Choirs Festival, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She lives in London with her family, and her hobbies include baking.