Biography

Catrin Rowenna Davies, director and mezzo soprano, has been an opera professional since 2001. Described by the Baltimore Sun as having “bright vocalism and flawless diction,” she has established herself as a presence on on the operatic and concert stage. Born in Washington, DC, and possessing British citizenship, Ms. Davies has lived and performed in the United States, Canada, and the UK. 

 

Ms. Davies has performed roles with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Annapolis Opera, Live Arts Maryland, Young Victorian Theatre Company,  Baltimore Concert Opera and Summer Garden Opera. 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. 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 in 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 with them at the Smithsonian, in Stratford (Canada) and Philadelphia, and in Wales. Among other venues, she has brought her recital of Welsh song to the Engineers Club, Baltimore, the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, and the Academy of Art Museum, Easton.

 

A skilled singing actress, Ms. Davies was intrigued by directing, and pursued opportunities to explore that craft. In 2007, she started her directing career by assisting director Garnett Bruce in Peabody Opera’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. That same year, she then directed the Old Maid and the Thief for Harbor Opera at the Walters Art Museum, and assistant directed HMS Pinafore at the Young Victorian Theatre Company. After this auspicious beginning, she embarked on a successful regional career. Most recently, she directed Hansel and Gretel, the outreach production for the Peabody Conservatory, and Kiss Me, Kate for Live Arts Maryland. She was also selected to be a part of the inaugural class of the Directors' Studio at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, under the mentorship of Michael Kahn. Other recent highlights include: directing The Three Little Pigs, the educational outreach show for Opera Delaware, and assistant directing the world premiere of Bornfield's Camelot Requiem. At Lyric Opera Baltimore, she has directed Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus, and has also directed two outreach programs. At Live Arts Maryland, she has directed South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Secret Garden, and HMS Pinafore, the latter for which she received the following accolade from The Capital: “The staging and directing was handled absolutely brilliantly by Catrin Davies…” This past summer, Ms. Davies was delighted to return to Summer Garden Opera to direct La Traviata, following on from her success at that company with Il barbiere di Siviglia and Faust

 

Ms. Davies is also passionate about arts education, both as a singer and a director. From 2002-2016, she was a member of the Baltimore Opera and Lyric Opera Baltimore's educational outreach program, bringing opera with a large interactive component into elementary schools. In the academic realm, Ms. Davies is adjunct faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, and has regularly directed their educational outreach show for schools for over the past 6 years. She has also been a guest director at Harford Community College, and an adjunct professor at Towson University, teaching and directing music students. Additionally, she was on faculty at the Road Scholar program (formerly Elderhostel), where she lectured on a variety of musical topics, particularly operetta. Ms. Davies holds an honors degree in history from McGill University, a Master's degree in Women's Studies from Oxford University, and graduate diplomas from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Peabody Conservatory.

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