Catherine Abele

Full-Time Instructor of Voice
B.Mus. (Manitoba); M.Mus., D.M.A. in progress (Cincinnati)

Soprano Catherine Abele received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from the University of Manitoba, as a student of Tracy Dahl. She went on to receive her Master of Music degree in Voice from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, where she is now in the final stages of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice, under the tutelage of Barbara Honn. She was a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and took the top vocal prize at the 2008 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.

Ms. Abele’s operatic repertoire includes such diverse roles as Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuletti e i Montecchi, Rosalinde in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Martine in the American premiere of John Browne’s Babette’s Feast. In addition to her performances with Opera NUOVA, Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute, and the CCM Opera, she has sung Mimì in a concert version of Puccini’s La Bohème with Cincinnati Opera.

Ms. Abele pursues a passionate interest in art song and chamber music. Recent performances include Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs and Arnold Cooke’s Nocturnes with the Grandin Chamber Music Festival, John Greer’s Liebesleid-Lieder with the composer at the piano and an all-star Canadian cast of Norine Burgess, John Tessier and Nathan Berg, and Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim with organist Jeremy Spurgeon and trumpeter Russell Gilmour at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. She also appeared with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra to sing Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.

During the 2011/12 season, Ms. Abele collaborated in concert with the King’s University College Choruses at the Winspear Centre, with The Aldeburgh Connection’s Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata in a performance of A Country House Weekend, as guest soloist with the Richard Eaton Singers, performing Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and as performing participant at the world’s foremost school of German Lieder, the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria.

Ms. Abele currently serves as Instructor of Voice, Lyric Diction and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Alberta's Department of Music.

Areas of Instruction:
Studio Voice
Lyric Diction
Vocal Pedagogy

Areas of Research & Interest:
Art Song
Vocal Chamber Music
Oratorio & Orchestral Literature