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📷 Students walking along Aj's Way
Career highlights have included Narcissa in PHILEMON AND BAUCIS with the Spoleto Festival USA; Sister Constance in DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES, Almirena in RINALDO, Nannetta in FALSTAFF, Frasquita in CARMEN, Lucia in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, and Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (student performance) with Pittsburgh Opera; Marzelline in FIDELIO, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI, Clorinda in LA CENERENTOLA, and Waitress in THE GRAPES OF WRATH with Utah Opera; and Sister Sophia in THE SOUND OF MUSIC with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival. Additional performances have included Fiordiligi in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Beth in LITTLE WOMEN, Pamina in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (educational tour), and Geraldine in A HAND OF BRIDGE with the New England Conservatory; and Gretel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL with the Tulsa Opera Studio.
Concert highlights have included Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Mendocino Concert Opera; MESSIAH and Grieg's PEER GYNT with the Utah Symphony; Beethoven's NINTH SYMPHONY with the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra; and the BRAHMS REQUIEM with the Webster University Symphony. Ms. Dooley was the Utah District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for 2007, and received an encouragement award at the regional level.
She has participated in the resident artist programs of Pittsburgh Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, and the Ash Lawn Opera Festival. In this upcoming season Ms. Dooley looks forward to joining the Metropolitan Opera roster.
A Chicago native, mezzo-soprano Katherine Drago is currently the Director of Recruitment and Enrollment for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Prior to joining the staff at Carnegie Mellon, she was a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera where she completed a three-year residency, appearing in six main stage productions and covering principal roles in another four.
She has also been a featured Apprentice Artist at the Santa Fe Opera over two consecutive summers and made her main stage debut in the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni, stepping in at the last-minute for the final three performances in 2009. Equally at home on the theater stage, Ms. Drago spent a year on the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and has been featured on an evening of songs by award winning composer Ricky Ian Gordon with the composer at the piano.
Other appearances include Chicago Opera Theater, Santa Fe Symphony, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Asheville Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Chatham Baroque, Erie Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral Festival. Performance awards include N.A.T.S. and the Bel Canto Foundation, as well as the Santa Fe Opera and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Ms. Drago holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University. Outside of Carnegie Mellon University, she has been a guest speaker with the Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counselors and Opera America.
As a pianist, he performs both standard and contemporary chamber music, and is a member of IonSound, the Music On the Edge Chamber Orchestra, and New York’s Phoenix Players. He has premiered more than 150 works by living composers.