Lauded as “smart singer” with a “gorgeous, clear lyric soprano voice” (Operaworld.com), Canadian-American soprano Katherine Giaquinto is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began her performing career as a professional actress in Canadian film and television. Katherine recently made a splash with LA Opera’s Figaro Unbound series when she stepped in with two weeks notice for the role of Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia under the baton of Maestro James Conlon. This past April, Maestro Conlon invited her to sing three previously undiscovered songs for his Recovered Voices Project. She made her LA Opera debut earlier in 2015 in their raved production of The Ghosts of Versailles. In 2014, Katherine sang Stella in a critically-acclaimed production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Union Avenue Opera. Previous roles also include the Prima Donna in Donizetti’s Viva la mamma, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La Bohème and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. In addition to standard operatic repertoire, Katherine continues to cultivate relationships with living composers. In early 2016 she sang the West coast premier of Circular 14, a new oratorio on the life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul whose actions during WWII saved thousands of Jewish refugees. Katherine received her Master of Music degree from CCM, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from UCLA.