| BIOGRAPHY & vitae |
Called a “vocally lustrous earful” by the Philadelphia Enquirer, native Kansan Kathryn Allyn has run the gamut, appearing in everything from the title role in Carmen (Florida Grand Opera and Anchorage Opera), through Die Tote Stadt's Brigitte and Madama Butterfly's Suzuki (New York City Opera) all the way to Oklahoma's Ado Annie Carnes (Virginia Opera Association) and a turn as Alto Soloist with the Tokyo New City Symphony's performances of Mahler's Symphony Nr. 2.
Other assignments at New York City Opera included Richard Rodney Bennet’s The Mines of Sulphur (Rosalind), Carmen (Mercedes) and Handel’s Flavio (Teodata), as well as covering Juno in Semele, and La Nourrice in Ariane et Barbe-Bleu. She appeared in Opera Orchestra New York's New Jersey performances as Malcolm in La Donna del Lago and Eric Smeton in Anna Bolena.
Going on to appear in such roles as Niklausse/Muse, Hansel, Die Zwiete Dame, Prince Orlovsky, Marcellina, Rosina, Siebel, Ariodante, Hansel, Suzy (La Rondine) Flora Bevoix, Stephano, Kaye appeared with companies including Palm Beach Opera, The Florentine Opera, Syracuse Opera, Virginia Opera Association, El Paso Opera, Arizona Opera, New York Chamber Opera, Opera Theater Northern Virginia, Boheme Opera of New Jersey, The Kalamazoo Symphony, Cleveland Opera, Sarasota Opera and Austin Lyric Opera.
As a sprout, Kaye discovered her now-indispensable sense of comedy at The Ohio Light Opera in small (well nigh unto invisible, although they did have names, for the most part) roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon and the operetta of Europe. She enjoyed a birds-eye view of The Mikado, Utopia LImited, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore (the best one) and The Gondoliers, along with Strauss’ Wienerblut, Zeller’s Die Vogelhandler, German's Tom Jones (you really had to see that one to believe it), Romberg's The Student Prince, Gilbert's hilarious translation of Offenbach's Les Brigands, Coward’s Bittersweet, Villa-Lobos’ Magdalena and others. (Bittersweet, Les Brigands and Magdalena are neglected jewels, and should get done a lot more often. Take note, zero people who are reading this.)
In concert repertoire, Kathryn has been heard with the Tokyo New City Symphony, as Alto Soloist in Mahler's Symphony Nr. 2. At Carnegie Hall, Kaye has appeared as Alto Soloist in Mozart's Requiem K. 626, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria and Beethoven's Symphony Nr. 9. In 2014, Kathryn performed Berlioz’ Mort de Cleopatre with the recital series of St. Peter’s Church, New York City,
A hundred years ago, Kaye was a prize winner at The McAllister Awards (Third Prize, Professional Division), the Birmingham Opera Awards (Third Prize) and the LOCCA Competition (Finalist), and makes her home in New York City with Tenor, Samuel Lloyd Kinsey and Cat, Beatrix Cattenborough.