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Kathryn Hartgrove

Kathryn Hartgrove has been described as a mezzo-soprano of precision, range and sheer splendor and has been heard throughout the United States, South America and Europe. Her many roles have included Judith in Bluebeard s Castle, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Thisbe in La Cenerentola, Siebel in Faust, Emilia in Otello and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with such companies as Lyric Opera of Kansas City, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera's National Tour, Chicago Opera Theater, Łodz National Opera of Poland, Chamber Opera of Chicago, Piedmont Opera Theater and Opera Maine. She has performed as Soloist with the Istanbul National Symphony, the Pesaro Chamber Orchestra and Choir in Italy, the Grant Park Symphony of Chicago, the Hinsdale Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Shore Symphony, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony and the Beloit-Janesville Symphony. She has performed solo recitals in Europe, South America and the United States and has been heard on radio and television in Brazil, Turkey and the United States.

Some her most recent concert engagements include concerts in Uberlândia and Campinas, Brazil and Pesaro, Italy.  Her other performances include Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire in Nuremburg, Germany and at the Dimitria Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Pasqua Festival in Ravenna, Italy; concerts in Poland at the Krakow Opera House; concerts at the Trujillo Bach Festival in Trujillo, Peru, opera galas in Macerata Feltria and Pesaro, Italy, a recital for the Atelier Concert Series in Paris, France as well as recitals in Bauru, Campinas, Uberlândia and São Paulo, Brazil.  She is slated to present the North American premier of Cinco Poemas de Outono by Amaral Viera in Philadelphia in 2013.

Ms. Hartgrove is an active professional stage director with her most recent engagements including Dido and Aeneas at the Festival Música das Esferas and Cagnoni’s Don Bucefalo for Voci nel Montefeltro in Italia. Other previous engagements include Pizza con Funghi by Seymour Barab with the Boston Opera Cooperative, Too Many Sopranos and  Pizza con Funghi for Milwaukee Opera Theater, Die Zauberflöte for the University of Campinas in Brazil and Rita for Voci nel Montefeltro in Italy.  Her upcoming staging engagements include Die Zauberflöte and La Bohème in Brazil.

As a Master Class technician, Ms. Hartgrove has worked with students at Utah Valley University, University of Memphis, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Southwestern University, Drake University, the University of Montana at Missoula, University of Hawai’i in Honolulu, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Butler University in Indianapolis, Tuft’s University, New England Conservatory in Boston and Ithaca College.  She has also given master classes at the University of Trujillo in Peru, the Summer Music Academy in Afytos, Greece, the University of Campinas, Universidade Sagrado Coração, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Estual de São Paulo and in Novafeltria, Italy.  

Ms. Hartgrove is the artistic director of FIO Americas and is one of the program coordinators and voice teachers. The festival presents three fully staged operas with orchestra, Alexander Technique, Acting for Singers, Period Styles, movement, voice lessons, coachings, concerts  and opera scenes during the four week period. The festival will have a second edition in 2014 focusing on two Portuguese operas that have just been rediscovered.  In addition to the revival of these works, La Bohème will round out the rest of the second half of the season.

Ms. Hartgrove’s deep connection with several universities and professionals in Brazil has led to the development of a new competition for both vocalists and pianists called the Bauru Atlanta Competition.  The competition was started in 2008 in Brazil with Ms. Hartgrove as one of the founders and adjudicators.  The 2011, the competition occurred in Atlanta in September with the Brazilian winners of the 2010 competition opening the festivities with a recital.  The 2013 edition will open in May.

Ms. Hartgrove is an Associate Professor of voice and the voice coordinator at Georgia State University.  She received her Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and continued her study at Northwestern University. She has gone on to work professionally with many of North America's finest stage directors and conductors. She has taught at Millikin University, Elmhurst College and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and maintains a private studio in Milwaukee and Chicago.