Praised worldwide for her captivating and affecting portrayals in genres ranging from opera to musical theater, jazz, and pop, American soprano Katherine Henly has performed with Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, the Royal Opera House Muscat, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Charlottesville Opera, Virginia Opera, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the New York International Fringe Festival, and the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference. For her eleventh-hour début with Oper Köln in Street Scene, Resmusica raved “Finally, in Sam Kaplan and Rose Maurrant, we discover two of the most promising American singers... Radiant physically and vocally, also very moving in the farewell scene… a performance even more impressive under the circumstances. The young American soprano, passing through Cologne, had replaced at the last minute a sick colleague during several rehearsals - without having yet sung the role on stage before. The Cologne Opera thanked her with a performance that marked both her European début and role début. Definitely a career worth following.”
Last season, Katherine performed the role of Clorinda in Opera Maine’s production of La Cenerentola and was seen in concert with Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the Creede Musical Arts Collective. This season, she joins the South Florida Symphony for Handel’s Messiah and Minnesota Opera to cover Adina in L’elisir d’amore. [read more...]
"...her voice and finesse captivating the entire theater..." – The Ithacan
– "Shining brightest is Katherine Henly, who plays La Musica. Covered in gold dust, each and every word she delivers is accompanied by a smile, with her voice and finesse captivating the entire theater. Moreover, her gorgeous costume…is a goddess’s garment. Its long and gentle flow perfectly matches the angelic beauty of Henly herself."
"...sparkled in her coloratura moments" – Worcester Telegram and Gazette
– "Henly sparkled in her coloratura moments in the late songs of the piece, making her appearance as an Ethel Merman-like exponent of Broadway show numbers in the next part of the program all the more startling."
"it was Katherine Henly whose voice stayed with the audience." – UVU Review
Carmina Burana – "Though each was amazing in his or her own right, it was Katherine Henly whose voice stayed with the audience. She sang with such beauty and emotion that though her words were foreign, there was no doubt as to their meaning.”
"Radiant physically and vocally" – ResMusica
Street Scene – "Radiant physically and vocally, very moving also in the farewell scene, Katherine Henly, is not to be outdone in that of her beloved - a performance all the more impressive under the circumstances. The very young American soprano, passing through Cologne, had indeed replaced in the last minute a suffering colleague during several rehearsals - without having yet sung the role on stage before. The Cologne Opera thanked her with a performance that marked both her European debut and her acting debut. A career definitely to follow.”
"...had the audience in the palm of her hand" – One Fan Show
La bohème – “Katherine Henly as Musetta had the audience in the palm of her hand as much as her on-again, off-again lover Marcello, and together their warm, heady voices washed over us.”