Known for her vivid and touching vocal performances, mezzo-soprano Katherine Maysek is an artist equally at home on the stage and in the concert hall. Ms. Maysek loves the challenge of portraying many vastly different characters, be they within song, oratorio, or opera.
Ms. Maysek was a “standout” (The Wall Street Journal, August 2019) as Cherubino in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles at The Glimmerglass Festival. She will reprise this role at The Château de Versailles Spectacles in her European debut this December. In 2018 she debuted at Glimmerglass as Dinah in Berstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Lapák the dog in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
Katherine made her Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in a rare production of Max von Shillings’ Mona Lisa. Other operatic roles include Brother (Stefan Weisman’s (The Scarlet Ibis), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Lisbé (Grétry’s Zémire et Azor), Meg Page (Falstaff), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro).
Ms. Maysek has collaborated with the Concord Chorale, Burlington Choral Society, The Orchestra Now and the Blanche Moyse Chorale among others. Katherine’s concert repertoire includes Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with maestro Gerard Schwarz, Vivaldi’s Gloria with maestro James Bagwell and numerous Bach oratorios including the Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion and Mass in B minor.
Katherine has also appeared with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Tanglewood Music Center, Boston Opera Collaborative, Mass Opera, Opera Saratoga and the Berkshire Opera Festival. Katherine received her bachelors degree from McGill University and her masters degree from Bard College Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program.
“Standouts included the theatrically astute tenor Christian Sanders, as Bégearss, the cartoon villain in Beaumarchais’s opera, who has two lengthy, vehement arias about vermin, and mezzo Katherine Maysek (Cherubino), who shone in her single scene, romancing Rosina ( Joanna Latini ) as part of the aforementioned love quartet.”
The Wall Street Journal, The Glimmerglass Festival 2019
“ … soprano Joanna Latini made an elegant Rosina. Her duet with Cherubino (mezzo Katherine Maysek), “Look at the green here in the glade”, was ravishing.”
BachTrack, The Glimmerglass Festival 2019
“Joanna Lantini and Katherine Maysek stood out as Rosina and Cherubino.”
ConcertoNet, The Glimmerglass Festival 2019
“Katherine Maysek’s substantial, throbbing mezzo served the role of Cherubino well, and she paired luminously with Ms. Latini in a fetching duet.”
OperaToday, The Glimmerglass Festival 2019