Kate ButlerAssociate Professor of Voice
Area of Focus: Voice
Mezzo-soprano KATE BUTLER has established herself as a singing artist both in the USA and abroad. Her professional career began with performances at the Chautauqua Opera Festival and continued with performances at Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, San Diego Opera, Opera Pacific, Orlando Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Cleveland Opera, Sacramento Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Nevada Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera Ensemble of New York. She was the leading mezzo-soprano with the Bremen Opera in Germany for 6 years, where she sang Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro, Romeo in I Capuleti, Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, Orfeo in Orfeo, David in Saul and numerous other roles. Ms. Butler has appeared as guest artist with the Teatro di Pisa as Romeo in I Capuleti and with Stadttheater Bern as Charlotte in Werther.
For her performances of Dorabella in Così fan Tutte in France at the Strasbourg Festival and the Vichy Opera, she was awarded the Médaille de la Région de l’Auvergne by former President of France, Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
Ms. Butler was personally selected by composer Gian Carlo Menotti to portray the role of The Secretary in The Consul under his direction for productions at Chicago Opera Theatre, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Connecticut Grand Opera, Mississippi Opera, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Her solo concert appearances include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony, Columbus Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, The Juilliard Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Basel Chamber Orchestra at the Zurich Tonhalle, the New York City Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Lincoln Symphony, the Oxford City Orchestra at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, UK, Cambridge University, UK and at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Butler won the NIMT George London Award, was a Metropolitan Opera Auditions Midwest Regional and District Winner, was a Regional Winner and recipient of the Levy Award for the San Francisco Opera Auditions, and was twice a finalist in the Eleanor Steber Vocal Competition. She received a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from LSU, was a scholarship student in the Professional Studies Program at The Juilliard School and studied as a Doctoral Fellow at Indiana University.
She has been Artist-in-Residence 3 times for the C. S. Lewis International Conferences held in Oxford and Cambridge, UK. She has presented and performed for the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship Conferences at Baylor University and Notre Dame University.
Currently dedicated to teaching, Ms. Butler is Associate Professor of Music and Voice Area Head at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where she teaches voice, graduate diction, undergraduate diction & literature (French, German, Italian, and English) and directs the annual Friends of Opera Gala Fundraiser. She previously taught at California State University at San Bernardino and at Oklahoma State University. Her students have won numerous awards and competitions, including Metropolitan Opera District Competitions, National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions, NATSAA Artist Awards at the District and Regional level, finalist for the San Francisco Opera Merola Program, the NATS "Singer of the Year" Award. At UNL her students have won the graduate concerto competitions and regularly star and perform in the operas and choral concerts. Her students have sung with professional opera companies as well as prestigious training programs, workshops, and concerts in the United States and abroad.