Described as having “…bright vocalism and flawless diction…” by the Baltimore Sun, mezzo-soprano Catrin Rowenna Davies has established herself as a presence on the operatic stage. Born in Washington, DC, but possessing EU citizenship, Ms. Davies has lived and performed in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
In 2016, she made her role debut with Lyric Opera Baltimore as Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other 2015-2016 performances include: the title role in Sullivan’s Iolanthe, and the alto soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
In 2014, Ms. Davies made an important role debut as Carmen. She had the very great pleasure of coaching with the inimitable Denyce Graves for these performances. Additionally, she had another role debut as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, and had her third appearance as a Messiah soloist with the Annapolis Chorale.
Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include: her solo debut on the stage of the Modell Performing Arts Center with Lyric Opera Baltimore in their Bravissimo Bel Canto! gala concert, and her Toronto debut at the North American Fesitval of Wales. She was also the mezzo-soprano soloist in Einhorn’s Voices of Light with the Annapolis Chorale, in which the Baltimore Sun said her performance was “…serenely assured.”
Ms. Davies has performed roles with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Annapolis Opera, Live Arts Maryland, Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Baltimore Concert Opera. Favorite roles include: Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Phoebe in The Yeomen of the Guard, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, Meg in Little Women, and Maria in The Sound of Music. As an oratorio soloist, she has been seen with Annapolis Chorale, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, and Peabody Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of Lyric Opera Baltimore’s educational program and of the chorus. Ms. Davies is an avid recitalist, and is also in demand for straight theater, musical theater, and cabarets.
Ms. Davies specializes in Welsh repertoire, and won the mezzo-soprano competition at the National Eisteddfod in Wales in 2012. She is also a three-time first-prize winner at the North American Festival of Wales. Following her victory at the National Eisteddfod, Ms. Davies was invited to perform with the Three Welsh Tenors during their tour of the United States. In addition, she is a frequent soloist with Welsh choirs, and has performed at the Smithsonian, in Stratford (Canada) and Philadelphia, and in Wales.
Ms. Davies is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in the Graduate Performance Diploma program. She was a Young Artist for the Lyric Opera of Cleveland. Previously, she studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, where she received an Advanced Diploma in Voice with honors. Additionally, Ms. Davies holds an honors degree in History from McGill University, Montreal, and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Oxford University.