bio

 

Kathryn Allyn has been called "a vocally lustrous earful” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, "elaborately ornamental" and "a martini dry wit" by CafeteriaRusticana.com, "note perfect" and "a charismatic presence" by the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, "a mezzo that dazzled the ears" by the Syracuse Post-Standard, "musically superb" by BistroAwards.com and, in a personal favorite, "grandly libidinous" by Opera News; She has appeared at NYC's Café Noctambulo, The Cutting Room, The Underground, The West End Lounge, TomiJazz, Somethin' Jazz and Stage72.

In her former life as an opera singer, Kaye’s roles included the title role in Carmen (Florida Grand Opera & Anchorage Opera); at Palm Beach Opera, she was heard as Les Contes d’Hoffmann's Niklausse and Faust's Siebel; at Virginia Opera Association she was seen as Oklahoma's Ado Annie and Hansel und Gretel's Hansel; assignments at New York City Opera included Madama Butterfly's Suzuki, Die Tote Stadt's Brigitte, The Mines of Sulphur's Rosalind and Flavio's Teodata.

In concert repertoire, Kaye was heard with the Toykyo Symphony as Alto Soloist in Mahler's Symphony Nr. 2, and at Carnegie Hall, as Alto Soloist in Mozart's Requiem K. 626, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria and Beethoven's Symphony Nr. 9.


As a sprout, Kaye discovered her indispensable sense of comedy while at The Ohio Light Opera, appearing in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon and the operetta of Europe. The repertory included The Mikado, Utopia Limited, The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore  (the best one), along with Strauss’ Wienerblut, Zeller’s Die Vogelhandler, German's Tom Jones (you had to see that one to believe it), Gilbert's hilarious translation of Offenbach's Les Brigands, Coward’s Bittersweet and Villa-Lobos’ Magdalena. (NB: Bittersweet, Les Brigands and Magdalena are neglected jewels, and should be done a lot more often.)

Kaye is a political junkie, an avocational writer, smart-aleck and cautionary tale. She's a native of the once-great state of Kansas, and makes her home on The Island of Misfit Toys with tenor Sam Kinsey and very naughty cat, Beatrix Cattenborough.