A star of the Bayreuth Wagner Festival – on the playbill of the Sofia Opera
The dramatic soprano Catherine Foster is among the soloists whose names stand out in the present season at the Sofia Opera.
She will sing in “Turandot” by Puccini on 15 December 2019, in “Elektra” by Richard Strauss on 3 and 6 June 2020 and in “Die Walküre” by Wagner on 2 July 2020.
Catherine Foster became well-known all over Europe with her interpretation of Brunnhilde from “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, together with her other dramatic roles in “Elektra”, “Turandot” and “Tristan und Isolde”.
Foster has passed through the big international stages, including the Wagner Bayreuth Festival. She is demanded singer for a series of dramatic roles in Hamburg, Berlin, Tokyo, Washington DC, Budapest, Amsterdam, etc.
Born in Nottingham UK, she has sung since very young. Finishing her studies at the Conservatoire in 1999, she began to work at the Weimar Opera Theatre. There she developed fast into the dramatic repertoire.
Since her first role of the Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflöte” to the Ring as Brunnhilde as by summer 2008, she made strong impression to the music critics. This is why the management of the Opera in Bayreuth included her in almost the entire Wagner repertoire. In 2013 with conductor Kirill Petrenko Foster showed herself as a strong Wagner singer.
In 2014 Catherine was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for her presentation on the international stages. In 2018 she was awarded the Reginald Goodall award by the London Wagner Society for her incredibly good performance of roles from Wagner’s operas.
Catherine has had the privilege to work with conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Marek Janowski, Adam Fisher, Philip Auguin, Simone Young, Sir Donald Runnicles and Daniel Barenboim.