Described as “a real personality with a dark edge to her mezzo as well as clear top notes” (WhatsOnStage, UK) as well as “exhilarating” by Opera Canada, Canadian mezzo Catharin Carew is equally at home on both the operatic and concert stage in a wide range of classical repertoire, from the Baroque to the Contemporary.
Career highlights have included premiering the role of Maeve in Ana Sokolovic’s The Midnight Court at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Mrs. Grose in the Aldeburgh production of The Turn of the Screw, Miss Donnithorne in Maxwell-Davies’ one woman opera, Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot with the Pazzia Collective, a psalmist in R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis in the Toronto Luminato Festival, Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle with Opera Five, the Mezzo in Georges Aperghis’ Sextour: L’Origine des espèces in Montreal’s MusiMars, numerous reprisals of Madame French Fry in Tapestry New Opera works children’s opera Get Stuffed!, as well as a staged version of José Evangelista’s Exercices de style at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
An avid singer of oratorio and a strong recitalist, Catharin has performed the alto solos in over 26 of Bach’s cantatas in part through the Redeemer Bach Vesper series and with other groups. She has appeared as a guest soloist most recently with the Durham Philharmonic, the Canadian Sinfonietta, Hart House Chorus, Cantabile Chamber Singers, Pax Christi Chorale, as well as the BBC composer’s festival highlighting James MacMillan, singing his piece Raising Sparks. In addition to being a runner up in the Eckhardt-Grammate finals in contemporary music, Ms. Carew is a first prize recipient of the NYCO Mozart Competition.