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), Minerva/Fortune (The Return of Ulysses), Siegrune (Die Walküre) and Annina (La traviata) for The Royal Opera and Katharina Schratt (Mayerling) for The Royal Ballet. In the 2019/20 Season she sings Emilia (Otello) and reprises the role of Annina for The Royal Opera.
Carby studied at Canberra School of Music and London’s Royal College of Music. She has performed for all the major Australian opera companies, her roles including 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). In 2019 she returned to Australia to sing Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) for Pinchgut Opera.
Engagements elsewhere include Romeo and Elcia (Mosé in Egitto) for Chelsea Opera Group, Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) and Idamante (Idomeneo) 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 São Carlos, Lisbon, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Philharmonia and the Ulster Orchestra and Messiah at the Three Choirs Festival.
Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby. Photograph @ Robert Workman, 2017
Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont, Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry, Catherine Carby as Annina and Simon Shibambu as Doctor Grenvil in La traviata, The Royal Opera
Catherine Carby as Emilia, Ermonela Jaho as Desdemona and Gregory Kunde as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera
Catherine Carby as Emilia in Otello, The Royal Opera
Gregory Kunde as Otello and Catherine Carby as Emilia in Otello, The Royal Opera