KATHERINE GROWDON (mezzo-soprano) was last heard with the American Bach Soloists as the alto soloist in their 2006 performance of Messiah. Her association with ABS began with her award-winning participation in the Henry I. Goldberg International Young Artists Competition in which her performance of Bach's Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (BWV 170) was considered to be a delivery of "true passion" (San Francisco Classical Voice). She recently made her Portland Opera début as Mércèdes in Carmen. In summer 2007 she was a Virginia Best Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival, and this coming summer she will be a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Growdon has been described as having a "buttermilk voice" (San Jose Mercury), "rich, sustained lines," "heartrending emotion, and excellent control" (San Francisco Classical Voice). Her recent interpretation of Nicklausse with the San Francisco Lyric Opera was praised as an example of "French music as it should be sung" (San Francisco Classical Voice). Ms. Growdon has performed a wide variety of roles with several Bay Area companies, including Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Idamante (Idomeneo), Fragoletto (Les Brigands), Baba the Turk (Rake's Progress), Nefertiti (Akhnaten), Count Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia), Mércédes (Carmen), Meg Page (Falstaff), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Juno (Semele), and La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi). She has also appeared as an alto soloist with the Oakland Symphony Chorus in Bach's Magnificat, with the UC Berkeley Chorus in the Matthäuspassion and Elijah, and in a concert of Bach cantatas with the San Francisco Bach Choir. Upcoming performances include a world première of Learning the Elements by Allen Shearer of Composer's, Inc. and the Johannespassion with the San Francisco Bach Choir. Ms. Growdon grew up in Los Angeles, and she holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College. In 2004 she received a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.