Praised for her “sparkling” voice, coloratura soprano Catherine Goode enjoys performing both on and off the operatic stage. As a member of Virginia Opera’s 2018-2019 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, Ms. Goode covers Adina in L’elisir d’amore, sings Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and performs in the Fall Education and Outreach Tour. During the summer of 2018, she was an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, where she covered the role of Controller in Flight by Jonathan Dove. She recently performed as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and as Adina (L’elisir d’amore) with Michigan State University Opera Theatre. While at the University of Houston, performances with the Moores Opera Center included the role of Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann). She also performed as Mabel in a concert version of (The Pirates of Penzance). Ms. Goode spent the summers of 2016 and 2017 as an Emerging Artist at Seagle Music Colony, where performances included singing the role of Young Veronica in the world premiere of Evan Mack’s Roscoe, Ophelia (Herschel Garfein’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – piano/vocal premiere), and Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte). She has also had the joy of delighting young audiences through outreach productions with Opera in the Heights (Houston), Moores Opera Center, and Seagle Music Colony.
As a soloist, Ms. Goode has sung the soprano solo in Carmina Burana, The Messiah, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Mozart’s K. 418 and K. 419; masses by Mozart, Haydn, and Britten; and major choral works by Bernstein, Bach, Rutter, and others. She was part of the 2014 Canadian premiere of Handel’s Athalia in Victoria, BC, Canada, in which she sang the role of Josabeth. A lover of collaborative performances, Ms. Goode has appeared as a guest artist on instrumental recitals at the Moores School of Music and Michigan State University College of Music, as well as at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Houston. Favorite collaborations include performances of Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the rock),” Handel’s “Let the bright Seraphim,” Adolphe Adam’s “Ah! vous dirai-je, maman,” and the Houston premiere of Naji Hakim’s “Magnificat.” An avid recitalist, Ms. Goode frequently performs the works of female composers and strives for innovative programming. In 2016, she presented The Story of Cinderella at Michigan State University, a pastiche production telling the Cinderella narrative using art songs, arias, ensembles, and chants composed by women. Ms. Goode has had competition success in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Texas, including receiving First Place in the inaugural Opera Susquehanna Vocal Competition, Silver Medal and Audience Choice Award in the Young Texas Artists Music Competition, and an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions.
A native of Friendswood, Texas, Ms. Goode completed Bachelor of Music degrees, summa cum laude, in vocal performance and music education from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, during which time she was also a member of the Honors College. She studied voice with soprano Cynthia Clayton and worked with opera director Buck Ross. Ms. Goode completed a Master of Music degree in vocal performance at Michigan State University, where she studied with opera director and soprano Melanie Helton. She is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.