During her training at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, she appeared as Euridice in Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers and as Ilia in scenes from Mozart’s Idomeneo. While an undergraduate at Temple University, she was featured as the soprano soloist in concert performances of Choral Fantasy by Beethoven and Afro-American Fragments by Hughes.
Ms. Bell earned the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Voice Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory. Prior to Peabody, she received her Bachelor of Music degree, also in Vocal Performance, from Temple University.
She also benefited from private voice instruction from celebrated soprano Benita Valente. In master class settings she has worked with luminaries such as Deborah Voigt, Margo Garrett, Eric Owens, Roberto Berrocal, and Corradina Caporello.
Praised by the Broad Street Review in Philadelphia for her “lovely lyric voice,” soprano Katherine Bell has performed across the Eastern US and abroad.
Katherine enjoyed a very Mozartian 2019 summer season performing her role debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Utah Vocal Arts Academy and singing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Miami Music Festival. Other recent engagements include performances as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, both productions with Opera Libera in Philadelphia. In addition to traditional repertoire, Katherine champions new music and, in 2015, appeared as Maren, the title role, in the world premiere production of Maren of Vardø: Satan’s Bride by Jeff Myers with Philadelphia’s Vulcan Lyric Opera.
Active in the competition scene, Katherine was named one of the winners of the Major Artist Division of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition in 2018. She was also awarded second place in the NATS Competition, MD/DC region in 2017.
Among her concert performances, Katherine has performed throughout PA and the Great Lakes Region with Alia Musica, a Pittsburgh concert ensemble focused on performing modern and newly composed pieces, and she toured Italy as the soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with New Jersey’s Jubilate Deo Chorale and Orchestra. A US performance took place at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.