Claudia Catania is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Westminster College of the Arts and at the Mannes School of Music. In the summer she teaches for Wichita State University in Lucca, Italy, and for the Marlena Malas Vocal Institute in Chautauqua, NY. She also maintains a private voice studio for both actors and singers in Manhattan.
She has taught singing to both actors and classical voice students at Boston University, Columbia University, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in Italy, and Temple University. In 2010 she was a master teacher for the NATS summer intern program at the University of Wisconsin. She delivers master classes in music theater and classical singing, including appearances at KTH Voice Research Center in Stockholm. Sweden, the MTNA convention in Seattle, and the NOA convention in Kansas City. Her article “Music theater as a technical tool and pragmatic business choice for the classical singer” is featured in the November/December 2004 issue of the NATS Journal of Singing.
1990 marked Ms. Catania’s tenth anniversary as a mezzo soprano soloist with the Metropolitan Opera where she has been heard in roles including Idamante, Hansel, Nicklausse, Maddalena, Suzuki, and Stephano. In 1982 she was chosen by her mentor James Levine to sing as well as dance the role of The Cook in the Met’s new production of Le Rossignol, staged by John Dexter and choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton. She has also appeared with the companies of Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Dayton, Toledo, Lake George, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Miami and Fort Worth. Concert credits in clued performances with the Denver, Baltimore and Boston Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, and most notably, two series of Bach concerts with the New York Philharmonic: the B minor Mass with Erich Leinsdorf, and the Bach Magnificat in D with Rafael Kubelik. Ms. Catania may be heard on Met DVD releases of The Trojans, Francesca da Rimini, Il Rossignol, and Il Trittico.
A mezzo soprano who is equally at home in the Broadway stage, Ms Catania was seen on Broadway as the villainous sister Marie in the 1992 Tony nominated revival of The Most Happy Fella, and is featured on that cast recording. In the national revival of The King and I starring Stacy Keach, New York Times critic Alvin Klein praised Ms. Catania’s performance, noting that, “her sumptuous voice is a standout in the role of Lady Thiang. Here “Something Wonderful” really is.” In 2010 she was seen as Ida Strauss in the revival of Titanic at the St. Louis MUNY.
Claudia Catania received a Bachelor of Music in voice from Temple University in 1968. In 1995 she received a masters degree in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and holds a Psya D. (ABD) from that school’s Institute for the Study of Violence. She received her Certification in Psychoanalysis from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in NYC in March of 2000 and is a licensed psychoanalyst in New York. She serves as a member of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing, and on the board of directors of the Voice Foundation, where is has been honored with a VERA award in 2008 and as a master teacher in 2000. She received the medal of honor from the native city of Philadelphia, and has been honored as alumni fellow of the year by Temple University. In addition to her work in the artistic world, Claudia Catania is also a communications skills consultant to Fortune 500 companies including Goldman, Sachs, & Co.