Internationally acclaimed American soprano Katharine Gunnink has quickly made a specialty of performing opera's most demanding roles. Returning as an Associate Resident Artist with Opera San Jose for a second season (2018/19), Ms. Gunnink sang the student matinee performance as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Magda in La Rondine and Senta in The Flying Dutchman as well as Anna Sorensen in Kevin Putt's West Coast Primer of Silent Night. She looks forward to covering and performing the role Neddain Pagliacci and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly this season. Recent performances have included both Santuzza and Nedda in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, as well as her signature role Mimi in La Bohème at Opera San Luis Obispo, Lady with a Cake Box for Argento’s Postcards from Morocco with Sin City Opera in Las Vegas, and an American Songbook recital to a sold out crowd at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center with collaborative pianist Robert Mollicone. The New York Times said she "sang expressively as Cathleen" in Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea. Specializing in singing such challenging works, Katharine has performed the title role in Janacek’s Jenůfa with Opera Slavica, and covered Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, Tosca, Donna Anna and Elvira from Don Giovanni, and Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. TeatriOnline said, "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" when reviewing her Rome debut performing the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. In past seasons she performed Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Center Stage Opera in LA, covered the title role in Suor Angelica while performing Suor Osmina with Opera San Jose, and covered her dream role of Marie Antoinette in the Ghost of Versailles at The Aspen Summer Music Festival.
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 acclaimed soprano Nova Thomas.