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Katherine Dobbs

At A Glance

Below are the highlights of Ms. Dobbs's career, including biographical information, her past season highlights, her career highlights, critical acclaim, and anecdotes.


Biographical Info

  • Born in Houston, Texas

  • BM in Vocal Performance from DePauw University with German & Italian minors

  • MM in Vocal Performance from Rice University

  • Varied language proficiencies in English, German, French, and Italian

  • Trained as a pianist, ballroom dancer, and actor

  • Currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Academy of Vocal Arts as a Resident Artist

Past Season Highlights

  • Four lead roles at The Shepherd School of Music; Lucretia in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Filipievna (Olga cover) in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Mrs. Jones in Kurt Weill's Street Scene, and Ottavia in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea

  • 2nd place winner at the Fourth Annual Houston Gilbert and Society's Career Grant Competition

  • Performed in Suzanne Bocanegra's Artist Lecture "Honor", commissioned by MetLiveArts


Career Highlights

  • Four lead roles in English, Italian, French, and German while at the DePauw School of Music

  • Masterclasses with acclaimed professionals in the operatic field, such as Patrick Summers, Sasha Cooke, Lisette Oropesa, & Kelli O'Hara

  • Continuous support and mentorship from the world-renowned Dolora Zajick, dramatic mezzo-soprano, for over four years

Critical Acclaim

"Very good dramatic and musical presentation with plenty of personality. A natural actress. Very good voice and projection and technique as well as excellent diction. Very musical and with obvious potential."

Classical Singer adjudicator

"She has tremendous potential and it was an absolute pleasure to hear her!"

National NATS adjudicator

"Ms. Dobbs' portrayal was enjoyable and entertaining."

Tim Sully, DePauw University 1982 Alumni, commenting on Cendrillon

"Wonderful instrument and storytelling!"

Classical Singer adjudicator

"Very professional presentation with dedicated emotion and passion towards her craft in music."

Classical Singer adjudicator

"She has a remarkable and very promising voice. Brava!"

National NATS adjudicator

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  • Attended the Renaissance School for the Arts, which inspired her love for all the arts at a young age

  • Regularly designs, cross-stitches, crochets, and more

  • Has played the piano since 7th grade, and recently picked up the guitar

  • Having an affinity for video games, she explores her acting side in RPGs

  • Grew up line dancing with her parents, now regularly ballroom dances

  • Found a love for exercise and healthy eating during her college years, now living a relatively gluten-free & dairy-free lifestyle

  • The proud girlfriend of the internationally acclaimed Maltese baritone Charles Buttigieg

  • Fun Fact: Ms. Dobbs made this website herself!

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