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,” and praised for her “innovative staging” by the same publication, she has established herself as a presence on and off the stage. Born in Washington, DC, and possessing British citizenship, Ms. Davies has lived and performed in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
Currently, Ms. Davies is the artistic director of the Young Victorian Theatre Company, and the resident director for Summer Garden Opera. She has directed La Traviata, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Faust for the latter. Her most recent projects include a film version of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel for Bel Cantanti, and Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra’s Stage and Screen Spectacular.
A directing high point for Ms. Davies was being part of the inaugural class of the Directors' Studio at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, under the mentorship of Michael Kahn. Other career highlights include directing at Lyric Opera Baltimore, the Peabody Conservatory, and Opera Delaware. She has a long association with Live Arts Maryland, directing their South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Secret Garden, Kiss Me Kate, and HMS Pinafore. Ms. Davies is committed to presenting both old and new repertoire, directing the premiere of Bandera’s Of Church and State, and assistant directing the premiere of Bornfield's Camelot Requiem.
As a mezzo-soprano, 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. A favorite role is Carmen, which she had the great pleasure of coaching with Denyce Graves. As an oratorio soloist, she has been seen with Annapolis Chorale, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Davies is an avid recitalist, specializing in Welsh repertoire, and is a winner of the mezzo-soprano competition at the National Eisteddfod in Wales.
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 has been guest director and adjunct faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, guest director at Harford Community College, and adjunct professor at Towson University. She was also 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.