Education: M.M, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Acclaimed for her rich, opulent voice, American mezzo-soprano Catherine Keen appeared regularly with many of the most prestigious opera companies of North America and Europe. Trained as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, she has returned regularly to that company, showing off her versatility as an actress and as a musician, in a variety of roles. Engagements of recent seasons also have included Tannhäuser at the Royal Danish Opera, Luisa Miller with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Samson et Dalila at the Florida Grand Opera and Washington National Opera, her Italian debut as Amneris in Aida and Fenena in Nabucco at the Arena di Verona, Aida with the Houston Grand Opera, and the role of Cornelia in Washington National Opera's presentation of Giulio Cesare, Kundry (opposite the Parsifal of Plácido Domingo) and Herodias in Salome at the Washington National Opera Kennedy Center, Rigoletto and Samson et Dalila at San Francisco Opera, The Rape of Lucretia at Seville's Teatro de la Maestranza, Aida at the Hollywood Bowl, Die Walküre in Madrid, Samson et Dalila in Lithuania. Most recently Ms. Keen performed the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Los Angeles Opera, Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino and Federica in Luisa Miller with James Conlon and the Cincinnati May Festival. She can be heard in Der Ring Des Nibelungen and Madama Butterfly (which have recently been released on DVD) with the Netherlands Opera, La Vida Breve on Telarc, as well as Mahler’s 8th Symphony (ICA Classics). She received her B.M. and M.M. in Vocal Performance at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to her duties teaching at NKU, Ms. Keen enjoys teaching at her voice studio in Fort Mitchell, KY.