Internationally acclaimed soprano, Katharine Gunnink has quickly made a specialty of some of opera's most demanding roles. She soared through the challenge of singing both Santuzza and Nedda in Opera San Luis Obispo’s double bill, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, and looks forward to returning this fall to perform one of her favorite roles, Mimi, in their production of La Bohème. Other performances on her schedule include Lady with a Cake Box for Argento’s Postcards from Morocco with Sin City opera in Las Vegas, and a series of concerts performing La Voix Humaine across the US this spring.
Katharine has enjoyed singing challenging works such as the title role in Janacek’s Jenůfa with Opera Slavica, and covering Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, as well as covering Tosca, Donna Anna and Elvira from Don Giovanni, and Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Utah Festival Opera.
In past seasons, Katharine has sung Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Center Stage Opera in LA, covered Suor Angelica and performed Suor Osmina with Opera San Jose. The New York Times said she "sang expressively as Cathleen" in Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea. She performed Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Winter Opera Saint Louis, the Countess in her Rome debut, where TeatriOnline said of her performance, "Katharine Gunnink stands out above all in the role of the unhappy Countess: having been given a beautiful voice she also has a very good interpretation of the character." With The Aspen Summer Music Festival Katharine covered her dream role of Marie Antoinette in the Ghost of Versailles. Other favorites include Mimi in La Boheme, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A native of Sonoma County, California, she completed her master's degree and post-graduate work in Opera Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Katharine studies with soprano, Nova Thomas.