Praised for her captivating and affecting portrayals in genres ranging from opera, to musical theater, jazz, and pop throughout the United States and abroad, soprano Katherine Henly is quickly becoming known as a crossover artist to watch.
Based in New York, she has performed with LA Opera, Oper Köln, Washington National Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn Opera), Virginia Opera, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, The New York International Fringe Festival, The O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, and at The Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. She has spent her summers as a young artist with Utah Festival Opera, Charlottesville Opera, and The Glimmerglass Festival.
As a soloist, Ms. Henly has performed with Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Valley Symphony Orchestra, The Ramsey Wind Symphony, Palisades Virtuosi, Worcester Symphony Orchestra, Camerata New York, in concert at Mechanics Hall and Carnegie Hall, and as a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 American Traditions Competition held in Savannah, Georgia.
A versatile performer in the crossover genre, she made her off-Broadway debut as Elsa in Sheldon Harnick’s musical Dragons at The York Theatre Company, and can be heard on the studio recording with Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris.
Ms. Henly’s 2017-2018 season included her house debut in the role of Sheep #1/Corporal in Francesca Zambello’s sold out, extended LA Opera production of Candide with Kelsey Grammer, Christine Ebersole, Erin Morley, and Jack Swanson. In the spring of 2018 she reprised her roles of Sheep #1/Corporal in Candide, this time with the Washington National Opera at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with Denyce Graves, Alek Shrader and Emily Pogorelc.
Ms. Henly’s 2018-2019 season included her European debut and role debut as Rose Maurrant in John Fulljames’ critically acclaimed production of Street Scene with Oper Köln, conducted by Tim Murray. In her 2019-2020 season, Ms. Henly made her Messiah debut in New York City, appearing as the soprano soloist with Camerata New York, conducted by Richard Owen. In the spring of 2020, she was scheduled to make her role debut as Musetta in Peter Rothstein’s award-winning production of La bohème with Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis, MN (the production was postponed due to Covid-19).
The 2020-2021 season included her role debut as Clorinda in Rossini's La Cenerentola, conducted by Gavriel Heine for Northern Lights Music Festival. In the fall of 2020, Ms. Henly performed as a soloist in Preludes: Lyrics & Lyricists a five-part online series filmed on the historic 92Y stage in Manhattan.
Other digital Covid-era performances included the world premiere of The Sky Where You Are, the new Maria Thomson Corley opera commissioned by An Opera Theatre and streaming online as a part of Decameron Opera Coalition’s Tales From A Safe Distance; and as a soloist in Glad Jul, a holiday concert produced by Motarbeider, the Støttet av Kulturrådet Norsk kulturfund, and the Nord-Odal Kommune, filmed in the historic Sand Kirke in Nord-Odal, Norway, December of 2020.
The 2021-2022 season included her role debut as Musetta in Peter Rothstein’s critically acclaimed production of La bohème with Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis, and her Guild Hall debut in East Hampton, in concert with Jack Swanson, Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff of Bel Canto Boot Camp.
This summer she will make her role debut as Valencienne in The Merry Widow directed by Stephanie Havey, conducted by Lawrence Loh, with Charlottesville Opera.
She is a graduate of Ithaca College (B.M.) and Brigham Young University (M.M.).