Recognized for her grace and warmth of tone, Cuban-American soprano Catherine Ortega Spitzer is an accomplished performer currently based in Chicago. She is a versatile soloist of elegance and strength, comfortable performing in a variety of genres from opera, to oratorio, to musical theater.
Most recently, Catherine sang with the Sunrise Pops Orchestra in their "Opera Extravaganza" concert, performing selections from favorite operas and operettas. Prior to that, Catherine returned to her alma mater as a guest artist, singing the role of Rosalinda in their annual opera production of Die Fledermaus. She looks forward to returning this spring to perform the role of Flaminia in their production of Haydn's Il mondo della luna.
Catherine made her mainstage debut starring in the role of Mimì in La Bohème with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater and sang with Chicago Opera Theater's Young Artist program. During her time with COT, Ms. Spitzer covered the title role in The Clever One and Bubikopf in The Emperor of Atlantis. She also covered the roles of The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Madeline Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher.
Past awards include an Encouragement Grant from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges and the Edith Newfield Award in the Musicians Club of Women Annual Music Scholarship Auditions. Ms. Spitzer has twice been a semi-finalist in the Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition and has also been a two time finalist in the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Annual Classical Music Scholarship Auditions.
A two time winner of the New World School of the Arts Concerto Competition, Ms. Spitzer has also received scholarships from the Music Club of Hollywood Florida, Florida Federation of Music Clubs, and Music Scholarship Society.
Her previous operatic credits include La Contessa di Folleville in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims, Die Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, Le Feu in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, and Amelia in Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball. She has been the soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Requiem.
She received her bachelor’s degree from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL and has also attended the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program. Ms. Spitzer earned both a master’s degree in voice performance and a professional diploma in opera in from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she has also taught as an adjunct professor of lyric diction.
In addition to her vocal training, Catherine has also studied the Meisner acting technique and is proficient in the Italian language. She currently studies with Julia Faulkner and sings with various professional ensembles in the Chicago area. To download her current resume, please click here.