Described as “a real personality with a dark edge to her mezzo as well as clear top notes" (WhatsOnStage, UK) as well as “exhilarating” by Opera Canada, Canadian mezzo Catharin Carew holds Masters of Music in Vocal Performance both from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London England and McGill University, Montreal. Whilst pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto, Catharin studied vocal pedagogy with Lorna MacDonald and is, alongside being a classical soloist, a workshop technician specialising in vocal projection with choral groups.
Ms. Carew's most recent operatic engagements of 2015 include the First Norn and Flosshilde in Gotterdammerung with OBR, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with Opera Oshawa, as well as Federica in Luisa Miller and the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, with OBR and Opera Oshawa respectively. Upcoming operatic engagements include Dido in Dido and Aeneas with The Annex Singers, a repriesal of Laurina from Eugene Onegin with Opera Tchai, Zanettowith Random Opera Collaborative and La Favortia with Opera Oshawa.
Previous season highlights have included premiering the role of Maeve in Ana Sokolovic’s The Midnight Court at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Mrs. Grose in the Aldeburgh production of The Turn of the Screw, Miss Donnithorne in Maxwell-Davies’ one woman opera, Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot with the Pazzia Collective, Judith in Bluebeard's Castle with Opera Five, the Mezzo in Georges Aperghis' Sextour: L'origine des espèces in Montreal's MusiMars, numerous reprisals of Madame French Fry in Tapestry New Opera works children’s opera Get Stuffed!, as well as a staged version of José Evangelista’s Exercices de style at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
An avid singer of oratorio and strong recitalist, Catharin has performed the alto solos in over 16 of Bach's cantatas in part through the Redeemer Bach Vesper series as ell as with other groups. She has appeared as a guest soloist most recently with Cantabile Chamber Singers, Durham Philharmonic, the Canadian Sinfonietta, Pax Christi Chorale, as well as the BBC 2005 composers festival highlighting James MacMillan.