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Next Season's Debut Artists: Catherine Malfitano

[This is part of a series profiling the artists making their COC debuts in the 2011/2012 season]

“Little in recent memory has hit the mark so consistently and so truthfully as the simple, traditional storytelling of diva-turned-director Catherine Malfitano.” – What's On Stage

Name: Catherine Malfitano

Range and craft: Beloved by audiences as a soprano, in 2005 she turned her hand to directing. She is making her directorial debut with the COC.

Where she's from: New York City, New York

What she's directing: She'll be making her COC debut directing a new production: a double bill of Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, from April 26 to May 25. 

Where she's been: She's directed Tosca for the English National Opera and Florida Grand Opera, Rigoletto for Washington National Opera, and numerous productions including Madama Butterfly and Lucia di Lammermoor for Central City Opera (Denver). Her career as a singer has taken her to the world's top operatic stages, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Wiener Staatsoper.



Watch and Listen

In this interview with English National Opera (for which she directed Tosca in 2010), Catherine Malfitano discusses her shift from singing to directing, and her approach to Tosca as a director.


Photo: Catherine Malfitano. © John Swannell

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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