"... 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."
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Praised for her “sparkling soprano” and commanding stage presence (Greater Lansing Ubiquitous Theatre), coloratura soprano Catherine Goode's 2021-2022 season includes role debuts as a member of Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program (Woglinde – Das Rheingold; Kenzie – Earth to Kenzie; Musetta (cover) – La bohème; Barbarina (Susanna cover) – Le nozze di Figaro) and a role and house debut as a member of Kentucky Opera’s Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artists Program (Amore – Orfeo ed Euridice). Most recently, she participated in Merola Opera Program’s 2021 season and sang Susanna and Lucia in concert with Opera in the Heights (Houston). Cancellations due to COVID-19 included Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) with Kentucky Opera; Lady with a Hand Mirror in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and Barbarina cover in Le nozze di Figaro (Merola Opera Program); and Drusilla in The Poppea Project (a new production of The Coronation of Poppea) with Opera Columbus. In the 2019-2020 season, she was in the inaugural Resident Artist Program with Opera Columbus and Capital University. 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 and Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte). Other favorite roles and partial roles performed include Nannetta (Falstaff), Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann), and Marie (La fille du régiment).
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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 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 the summer of 2020. Catherine has had competition success in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama, and Texas. 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.