Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht’s recent and upcoming engagements include her return to Opera Philadelphia as Flora in La Traviata, Meg in Falstaff with Opera on the James, and several concert appearances including Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the York Symphony, her return to Carnegie Hall performing a program of Sir Karl Jenkins’ works with Distinguished Concerts International New York, Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 with The Washington Chorus, composer Bright Sheng’s The Intimacy of Creativity 2017 festival at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, and her debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony performing Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs.
During the 2014–15 season, Ms. Pracht was highly involved with Opera Philadelphia’s mission to workshop and perform new American operas, developing the role of Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter in workshops of Daniel Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD and covering the role in its world premiere performance, and also developing the role of Glenda in We Shall not be Moved. She performed the role of Meg in Little Women with Opera on the James and made her role debut as Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera. During that season, Ms. Pracht’s concert appearances included Elijah with the Blacksburg Master Chorale; Mozart’s Requiem with the Choral Society of Grace Church, NYC; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Black Pearl Orchestra; and Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky with the Georgia Symphony.
Ms. Pracht has been a Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional finalist in San Antonio, Memphis, and twice in Minneapolis, where, in 2006, she won the Outstanding Mezzo Award.