Kathleen Roland

“Kathleen Roland...displayed a beautifully dark-hued timbre and stylish acting” - Opera News

“…magnificently sung with power and great strength of emotion…striking.” - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times music critic

Soprano Kathleen Roland is a well-regarded soloist in the realms of both opera and orchestral music, and is a highly regarded performer of the music of Verdi and Wagner as well as that of the contemporary giants of 20th and 21st century music. A featured singer with many music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Institute and the Tanglewood Music Festival, the singer has performed with many notable conductors, including James Conlon, Kent Nagano, Reinbert de Leeuw, James Mauceri, and Oliver Knussen.

Ms. Roland has been a frequent featured soloist with the Grammy award-winning Southwest Chamber Music Society of Los Angeles, with whom she has garnered high praise for her performance of 20th and 21st century music. She has sung many times, to critical acclaim, with Long Beach Opera and Pacific Serenades Chamber Music. Recent performances include concerts of the music of Hugo Wolf and Kurt Weill with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the role of Wellgunde with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Pacific Serenades at the Los Angeles Getty Museum, performances with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and the premiere in Los Angeles of Kurt Weill's The Eternal Road with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. She has appeared as soloist many times on the Los Angeles County Museum Sundays at Four, as well as on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella concert series. Since making her professional debut with San Francisco Opera as the Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, she has gone on to sing the roles of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Giulietta in Tales of Hoffmann. She performs concerts regularly under the auspices of Los Angeles Opera, featuring the roles of Abigaille, Aida, Desdemona, Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), the Dyer's Wife, Ariadne, and Vanessa.

Ms Roland was awarded an American-Scandinavian Foundation grant in 2001, which made possible a stay in Stockholm as a guest artist and teacher at the Stockholm Royal College of Music, performing concerts of both American and Swedish contemporary music. She was awarded a highly prestigious Fulbright scholarship to Sweden in 2007, enabling to her to continue work on an anthology of Swedish song for English speakers. Ms. Roland can be heard on the fmusici/Oxford University Press recording of American composer Libby Larsen's music, Licorice Stick, recorded with the composer in Stockholm, and is also featured on the recording, Aura, recently released last year with Southwest Chamber Music. She was chosen by eminent American composer Thomas Pasatieri to sing the premiere of his new song cycle, A Rustling of Angels, with the West Hollywood Orchestra. International appearances include a recent tour with Southwest Chamber Music in Southeast Asia, featuring the music of Grawemeyer award winning composer Chinary Ung, and at the Tonhalle in Dusseldorf with conductor Robert Platz and mdi ensemble milano.

Future engagements include appearances as soloist with the Verdi Chorus of Los Angeles, the Verdi Requiem at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and a newly commissioned piece with maestro Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall.

Ms. Roland holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance from the University of Southern California, and joins the faculty at Scripps College as Visiting Assistant Professor this fall. She is a member of NATS and serves on the board for the National Opera Association.

“Kathleen Roland...displayed a beautifully dark-hued timbre and stylish acting” - Opera News

Soprano Kathleen Roland is an active soloist in the realms of both opera and orchestral music. A featured singer with many music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Institute in England and the Tanglewood Music Festival, the singer has sung with many notable conductors, including James Conlon (with whom she made her recent Disney Hall debut), Kent Nagano, John Mauceri, Reinbert de Leeuw and Oliver Knussen. This last year, Ms. Roland debuted with the LA Philharmonic at Disney Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl. She has sung, to critical acclaim, with the Grammy award-winning Southwest Chamber Music Society, Pacific Serenades, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella series. Recent engagements include concerts in Scandinavia, with Southwest Chamber Music in Southeast Asia, in Germany with Ensemble Milano, and with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Ms. Roland holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance from the University of Southern California, and is a Fulbright scholar.


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