Catherine Clarke Nardolillo

Head of Voice Area

Catherine Clarke Nardolillo, soprano, lauded by the NY Times for her “exquisite” singing, is a frequent concert soloist, appearing twice at Carnegie Hall, and with the Toledo Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Owensboro Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’International in Rome, and the Natchez Festival of Music, as well as the National Youth Choir, Nebraska Choral Works, Limestone Chorale, Huntington Choral Society in New York, the Middletown Chorale in Connecticut, and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Johnson City Symphony in Tennessee. In March of 2014 she sang in the premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s Second Symphony, which was recorded with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for Albany Records.

She has also appeared in operas with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, the Colorado Lyric Theater, Chautauqua Music Festival, Operafestival di Roma, the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and the University of Colorado Opera. In 2010 she sang the role of Mimi in UKOT’s production of La Bohème as well as singing the role of Elizabeth in the premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s Opera, God Bless Us Everyone in a co-production between UKOT and DiCapo Opera in New York City. The original cast recording was released in 2011 on Albany records. Some other favorite opera roles include, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Musetta in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. She has been a finalist in the Rocky Mountain District Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, twice a winner in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and a prizewinner at the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia, as well as the Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ms. Nardolillo has toured extensively, performing throughout the United States, and in Canada, England, Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. A native of Maysville, Kentucky, Ms. Nardolillo received her BM at the University of Kentucky, ’96, her MM from the University of Colorado, ’99 and her DMA from the University of Kentucky in 2013. Ms. Nardolillo served as a studio fellow at UK for 4 years and taught at both Berea and Centre Colleges for one year. She currently maintains a private studio in Lexington, Kentucky.