From time to time CCM Opera would like to highlight alumni that are working in the field of professional opera. This spotlight session will focus on CCM Opera alumna mezzo-soprano Caitlin Mathes. Caitlin was an Artist Diploma student and performed leading roles in Handel’s Alcina, Argento’s Postcard from Morocco & Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea.
Where are you now and what projects are you currently preparing?
- I’m currently living in New York City. I am covering Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Opera New Jersey and working on other concerts with them as well. I am performing in a Weill-ed Night Cabaret in New York City in the beginning of August. Staring in the fall I travel to Portland Opera where I will be covering Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Paquette in Candide, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Mary Madalena in Phillip Glass’s Galileo Galilea.
What have been some highlights from the past year for you?
- I recently placed 1st in the 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition, I performed the role of Sister Dorothy Angel in Angel of the Amazon with Encompass Opera and I’ve performed in several cabarets.
Can you talk about some fond memories you have of CCM?
- I remember a piece of advice/ compliment given to me after a competition…. “I do a lot of wine tasting. And sometimes I come across a wine which I know is a quality wine, but it just isn’t my taste. Voices are like that, and you are going to come across people who don’t like your sound, but rest assured, you are a good wine.” So, that day… I learned I needed to start drinking more wine, or at least find people who liked the wine I offer. Or let the wine age a little, breath a little… and then maybe it’ll be more palatable.
What is something of value you took away from CCM?
- Everyone is so talented at CCM. I think CCM really required me to look to myself and find out what it was that I specifically had to offer in my performances. I had to figure out what it was that I could rely on in my own product, because having self is the thing that I think is going to sustain me in this field.