"... also sings wonderfully, as does Catherine Goode, who plays Pinkerton’s American wife, Kate. ... coloratura-soprano Goode also [does] exceptionally well at acting; [she] sympathetically embodies the traditional values of [her] character's culture, while also recognizing the difficulty of the current situation."
Praised for her “sparkling soprano” and commanding stage presence (Greater Lansing Ubiquitous Theatre), coloratura soprano Catherine Goode is quickly making a name for herself as an up-and-coming artist both on and off the operatic stage. Catherine joins Kentucky Opera’s Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio for the 2020-2021 season, during which time she would have made house and role debuts as Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) and Amore (O+E – a new production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), both of which have been cancelled due to COVID-19. In the summer of 2021, she makes her role debut as Lady with a Hand Mirror in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco as part of the Merola Opera Program, where she will also cover Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. In the 2019-2020 season, she was in the inaugural Resident Artist Program with Opera Columbus and Capital University. She was scheduled to sing Drusilla in The Poppea Project (a new production of The Coronation of Poppea) with Opera Columbus, but the performance was postponed due to COVID-19. As a 2018-2019 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera, she covered Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and sang Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). Catherine spent two summers as an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, covering Cunegonde (Candide, 2019) and Controller (Flight, 2018). She spent the summers of 2016 and 2017 as an Emerging Artist at Seagle Festival, performing Young Veronica in the world premiere of Evan Mack’s Roscoe, Ophelia (Herschel Garfein’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – piano/vocal premiere), and Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte). Other favorite roles and partial roles performed include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Nannetta (Falstaff), and Marie (La fille du régiment).
As a frequent soloist, Catherine has sung the soprano solo in works ranging from Carmina Burana and Messiah to major choral works by Mozart and Rutter. A lover of collaborative performances and an avid recitalist, she regularly performs the works of female composers and strives for innovative programming. Recent recital performances include A Celebration of Women (a program comprised of texts and music only by women) and Living Voices: Music by Living American Composers, which included the world premiere of Mark Buller’s Schlechtesübersetzunglieder. In 2016, she presented The Story of Cinderella at Michigan State University, a pastiche production telling the Cinderella narrative using art songs, arias, ensembles, and chants composed by women. The Story of Cinderella earned her a fellowship with Crested Butte Music Festival's RISE Camp in summer of 2020. Catherine has had competition success in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama, and Texas. Most recently, she was an MONC – Great Lakes Region Finalist in 2020 and was awarded First Place at the 2020 Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition. Catherine is also a member of mirabai, a professional women's ensemble founded in 2017.
A native of Friendswood, Texas, Catherine completed Bachelor of Music degrees, summa cum laude, in vocal performance and music education from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. She studied voice with soprano Cynthia Clayton and worked with opera director Buck Ross. Catherine completed a Master of Music degree in vocal performance at Michigan State University, where she studied with opera director and soprano Melanie Helton.