CATHERINE MALFITANO, Singer, Actor, Director, and Teacher, was born in New York City to a dancer/actress mother and violinist father. Renowned as a unique music theater performer, Malfitano has appeared at all the world's leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Berlin's Deutsche Opera and State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Florence's Teatro Comunale, the San Francisco Opera, the Netherlands Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, the Grand Théâtre du Genève, Barcelona's Liceu, the Hamburg State Opera, and Brussels' Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. Her Emmy-award winning portrayal of Tosca, broadcast live from the actual Roman settings of the opera, was seen by more than one billion viewers worldwide.
Catherine Malfitano's stage repertoire of more than seventy roles spans the entirety of operatic history. Her interpretations extend from Monteverdi's Poppea and Erisbe in Cavalli's L'Ormindo to Annina in Menotti's Saint of Bleecker Street; from Gluck's Euridice to Polly Peachum in Weill's Three Penny Opera; from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor to Humperdinck's Gretel; from Marzelline and Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio to Poulenc's Thérèse in Les Mamelles de Tirésias; from Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and both Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni to Cleopatra in Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra; from Fiorilla in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia to Emilia Marty in Janácek's Makropulos Case; from the three heroines in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann to the three heroines in Puccini's Il Trittico; from Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata and Lady Macbeth to Rose and Anna Maurrant in Weill's Street Scene; from the title roles in Massenet's Manon and Thais to Puccini's Tosca, Cio-Cio-San, Mimì, Liù, and Minnie.
A champion of twentieth century music, she has sung in the world premieres of Carlisle Floyd's Bilby's Doll, Conrad Susa's Transformations, Thomas Pasatieri's Washington Square and The Seagull and William Bolcom's A View from the Bridge, McTeague, A Wedding, and Medusa. She has also sung Berg's Lulu and Marie in Wozzeck, Schreker's Der Ferne Klang, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Weill's Mahagonny and Seven Deadly Sins.
Throughout her career, Malfitano has worked with the world’s leading conductors including Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti, Sir Charles Mackerras, Riccardo Chailly, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, James Conlon, Neeme Järvi, Sir Andrew Davis, Daniele Gatti, Dennis Russell Davies, Carlo Rizzi, Semyon Bychkov, Donald Runnicles, Simone Young, Michel Plasson and Bruno Bartoletti. Her collaborations with directors Robert Altman, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, Luc Bondy, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Patrice Chéreau, Elijah Moshinsky, Sir Peter Hall, Peter Zadek, David Pountney, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Graham Vick, Götz Friedrich, David and Christopher Alden, John Dexter, Giancarlo del Monaco, Jürgen Flimm, Stein Winge and others have produced many of the most memorable operatic events of our time.