© Uwe Arens
© Uwe Arens

Catherine Foster

– World management –

2022 sees Catherine returning to Bayreuth in a new production of Tristan und Isolde by Roland Schwab.

As Bayreuth’s Brunnhilde from 2013 – 2018 from Frank Castorfs Ring cycle, the British Dramatic Soprano Catherine Foster became well known for her interpretation of Brunnhilde along with her other dramatic roles Elektra, Turandot and Isolde across Europe and the world.

Following her studies in the UK Catherine began her career in Weimar, Germany in 2001 where she developed quickly into the dramatic repertoire and was soon being asked to sing as guest elsewhere, making her house debut as Kaiserin at the Semperoper Dresden in 2006.


Catherine Foster quickly went onto other major houses including the Bayreuth Festival, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Washington DC, Budapest, Amsterdam, Liceu, Helsinki, Shanghai and Riga to name but a few.

Catherines unwavering commitment to her art shows through in the extraordinary fast development from her first role as Queen of the Night at WNO and ENO in the UK, to her debut as Brunnhilde in the Ring in summer 2008 in Weimar, which was quickly followed by being asked to do Brunnhilde for the centenary Bayreuth production of their Ring in 2013 with Kirill Petrenko conducting.


Catherines other roles include Senta, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Don Carlo, Abigail, Leonora in Fidelio, Forza del Destino and Il Trovatore, Mimi, Tosca, along with Elektra in Idomeneo and Elektra, and Kaiserin and Färberin in Die Frau ohne schatten

In 2014 Catherine was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for her work as an international singer. Catherine was awarded the Reginald Goodall award in 2018 for her devotion to the works of Richard Wagner by the London Wagner society.

Catherine has had the privilege of working with conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Marek Janowski, Adam Fisher, Philip Auguin, Simone Young, Hartmut Haenchen, Alexander Soddy, Placido Domingo, Sir Donald Runnicles and Daniel Barenboim.


In 2022 Catherine returned to Budapest as Brünnhilde, singing Brünnhilde in Siegfried in the first cycle and all three Brünnhildes in the second cycle. Other highlights of the 2021/22 season included Elektra at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Wiesbaden and Tristan und Isolde at the May Festival in Wiesbaden.

At the start of the 2022/23 season, Catherine will make her Australian debut at Melbourne Opera as Elektra. She will also be seen as Isolde, Brünnhilde and Turandot this season.

Catherine Foster lives in Germany.

August 2022 – For the most recent biography please contact Bartosz Jakóbczak