Hailed by Opera News as “vibrant,” American soprano Katherine Polit is quickly gaining recognition on the concert and operatic stage. Her most recent performances include Vivaldi’s Gloria at Lincoln Center and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with the Owensboro Symphony. Last season she returned to Virginia Opera to perform the role of Ännchen in Der Freischütz, after finishing her tenure with the company as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist. As an Emerging Artist she sang Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld and Musetta in Bohème Unplugged.
Other accolades and performances include being chosen as a finalist in both the 2017 Rochester Idol Competition and the 2016 Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, as well as appearing as Clorinda in Rossini’s Cinderella with Opera Louisiane, Pamina in The Magic Flute with the Miami Music Festival, and as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Naples. She has apprenticed with Ash Lawn Opera and The Ohio Light Opera, singing Fiona in Brigadoon and Rose Maybud in Ruddigore.
Katherine completed her post-graduate studies at Indiana University, where she portrayed Nannetta in Falstaff and Despina in Così fan tutte. She received recognition for her excellence in recital with a Performer’s Certificate and took part in projects with IU’s Early Music Institute and The Bloomington Bach Cantata Project. She holds a Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.