Soprano Kathryn Grumley was reviewed by the South Florida Classical Review as “dominating the stage, owning every scene from the rise of the curtain” following her 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.”
Kathryn has several role and company debuts scheduled for the upcoming 2023/2024 season. She begins in March singing the role of Harriet Beecher Stowe in the Marble City Opera’s production of The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace before joining the cast at Salt Marsh Opera to sing the role of the First Lady in The Magic Flute. Kathryn will be featured in two concert series staged by Chandler Opera in April and June. She will return to the Czech Republic in July as a Voice Fellow with OpernFest Prague. Kathryn will debut as the iconic Blanche DuBois in Tacoma Opera’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire in February 2024.
Other operatic highlights include: Soprano Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah; Mimì in La bohème; Magda in La rondine, Anna Sørensen (cover) in Silent Night; Annina in La traviata; Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro; the Nominee’s Wife in The Manchurian Candidate; Marzelline in Fidelio; and Sister Catherine in Dead Man Walking. Kathryn was awarded First Place in the Artist Division of the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Vocal Competition in 2019.
In addition to her degree in Opera Performance, Kathryn is a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN). She worked as a hospital crisis ICU and ER nurse in Arizona, Texas, and Aruba during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Austin Opera recognized the value of her unique skill set by selecting her to serve as their Certified Health Advisor in 2021 and 2022.
Kathryn is a native of Phoenix, AZ and currently lives in Tempe, AZ with her sweet rescue dog Sadie.