"... 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” voice and “exceptional acting,” coloratura soprano Catherine Goode enjoys performing both on and off the operatic stage. This season, she makes her Opera Columbus and role debut as Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. She also presents Living Voices at Capital University's Conservatory of Music, featuring the world premiere of Mark Buller’s Schlechtes-übersetzunglieder. Goode made her professional debut last season as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera in their production of Madama Butterfly, in which she sang the role of Kate Pinkerton. While with Virginia Opera, she also covered Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and performed in the Fall Education and Outreach Tour. During the summer of 2019, she returned Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist, covering Cunegonde in their production of Bernstein's Candide. Goode spent the summers of 2016 and 2017 as an Emerging Artist at Seagle Music Colony, where performances included singing the role of 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). While a graduate student, she performed as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and as Adina (L’elisir d’amore) with Michigan State University Opera Theatre. During her undergraduate studies, performances with the Moores Opera Center included the role of Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann).
As a soloist, Goode has sung the soprano solo in Carmina Burana, Messiah, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Mozart’s K. 418 and K. 419; masses by Mozart, Haydn, and Britten; and major choral works by Bernstein, Bach, Rutter, and others. She performed in the 2014 Canadian premiere of Handel’s Athalia in Victoria, BC, Canada, in which she sang the role of Josabeth. A lover of collaborative performances and avid recitalist, Goode frequently performs the works of female composers and strives for innovative programming. In 2016, she curated and 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. Goode has had competition success in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama, and Texas, including receiving an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. She is also a member of mirabai, a professional women's ensemble founded in 2017.
A native of Friendswood, Texas, Goode 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. Goode completed a Master of Music degree in vocal performance at Michigan State University, where she studied with opera director and soprano Melanie Helton. She is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.