Catherine Foster: From Midwife to award-winning operatic soprano

Born in Nottingham UK, Catherine always had the desire to sing but as she came from a non-musical background, she first qualified and worked as a nurse and midwife. She often worked for 40 hours a week on the ward, studying at night and singing with amateur societies at weekends. Her yearn to sing professionally continued until she found her teacher, Pamela Cook MBE, who encouraged her to go to university. 

Finishing her studies in 1999, Catherine started in Weimar in 2001, quickly progressing from her first role of the Queen of the Night to the Ring as Brunnhilde by summer 2008 and onto the centenary Bayreuth production of the Ring in 2013 with Kirill Petrenko.

Electrified once again with her incisive, clarion tones, exciting stamina and bold acting

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In 2014 Catherine was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for her work as an international singer and will return to Birmingham to make her UK debut at Symphony Hall on Saturday 21 March 2020 as dramatic soprano, singing the title role of Elektra

Agamemnon the king is dead: murdered by his own wife. Crazy with hatred and horror, their daughter Elektra stalks the palace, brooding on the day when she will take bloody revenge. With a world-class cast, this sequel to their 2015 performance of Strauss’s Salomé should be an electrifying showcase for Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.