Soprano Kathryn Grumley was reviewed by the South Florida Classical Review as “dominating the stage, owning every scene from performance as Magda in the 2018 Miami Music Festival production of Puccini’s La rondine. The same reviewer also noted that she has “the hall-filling spinto voice to float Puccini’s phrases with ardor as well as subtlety...and sung with just the right touch of lifting enchantment.” The Grunion Gazette has noted her ability to sing “beautifully, and
with impressive musicality.” The Austin Chronicle has written that “her voice possesses a rich, caramel quality that beautifully suits her character’s choices as she sings the role with elements of sadness, fear, and remorse.”
As the rapid spread of COVID-19 disrupted live performance art programs around the world, Kathryn jumped into action to help. In addition to her degree in Opera Performance, Kathryn is a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN). Kathryn has been working the frontlines since March as a hospital crisis ICU and ER nurse in Arizona, Austin and Houston, TX, as well as internationally in Aruba. Austin Opera has recognized the value of her unique skill set by selecting her to be the Special Advisor to their Re-Opening Task Force.
Once the pandemic response permits staging live performances again, Kathryn has been selected to sing the lead role of Krystyna Zywulska in Jake Heggie’s opera Out of Darkness, Two Remain being produced by the Alumni Division of the Miami Music Festival when the performance is rescheduled following a May postponement. Kathryn will travel to the Czech Republic in July 2021, to sing with Opernfest Prague 2021 as a Voice Fellow which includes performing in the Gala Final Concert held at the Severočeské Divadlo. When Austin Opera’s rescheduled production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is performed in November 2021, Kathryn will take the stage in the role of Barbarina. Her most recent roles prior to the pandemic include Mimì in St. George Opera Company’s production of Puccini’s La bohème and as the Soprano Soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Other operatic highlights include: Soprano Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem; Magda in La rondine; Mimì in La bohème, Anna Sørensen (cover) in Silent Night; Annina in La traviata; Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; the Nominee’s Wife in The Manchurian Candidate; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro; Marzelline in Fidelio; and Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking. She was awarded First Place in the Artist Division of the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Vocal Competition in 2019.
A native of Phoenix, AZ, Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles. She currently lives in Austin, TX, and works between performances as a per diem Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) in a large Austin hospital Emergency Department.