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Arts & Culture

'Talking Art' With Katherine Pracht

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Evan Hanover
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Chicago Opera Theater
Katherine Pracht performing the title role in "Elizabeth Cree" at the Chicago Opera Theater

Katherine Pracht is a mezzo soprano opera singer with an extensive performance history who was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa.  She has performed at numerous national and international venues.

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Katherine Pracht

Pracht made her Kennedy Center debut as soloist in Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 with the Washington Chorus in 2016, and her Carnegie Hall debut as the alto soloist in Verdi’s Requiem?. She recently performed the title role in Elizabeth Cree at the Chicago Opera Theatre, which concluded in February of 2018.

Listen to our conversation here about her background in the Quad Cities, the path she took to become a mezzo soprano of considerable renown and talent, and what advice she would have to a younger person considering a career in opera performance.

You can listen here to a portion of her performance as Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry in 2015, performed with the Florentine Opera.