Kaitlin Foley, soprano, has been praised for her “crystalline vocals” and “agile and pure-toned” singing. Ms. Foley is a supremely dedicated performer with a passionate ear for early and new music. She has performed as a soloist in works ranging from Bach’s Mass in B Minor to Mozart’s Requiem to Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Her most recent opera role was with Haymarket Opera Company as Satirino in La Calisto. Ms. Foley has worked with renowned conductors Rubén Dubrovsky and Peter Phillips, and she has sung with numerous highly-acclaimed choral ensembles, including Grant Park Chorus, Bella Voce, Third Coast Baroque, Schola Antiqua, and Prometheus. She is a founding member of the genre-bending, Chicago-based women’s trio Artemisia. She earned her M.M. in Voice Performance from DePaul University, where she studied with Julia Bentley, and completed her undergraduate work in music education at the University of Missouri under the tutelage of Ann Harrell and the baton of Paul Crabb. Ms. Foley is a Vocal Artist in Residence at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel under the direction of James Kallembach, where she is a regularly-featured soloist. She is also the director and founder of the Rockefeller Children’s Choir. Ms. Foley teaches choir, voice lessons, and music theory at The People’s Music School and is the upper school chorus director at Pilgrim Lutheran School.
What is the story of how you first came to love music and opera?
I began as a piano student who hated playing Bach and Haydn and only liked playing Chopin and Rachmaninoff. Then in college I began to sing Bach with the college choir, and the excitement of the suspensions and rhythms changed me forever! I started singing and listening to more early music, which inevitably lead me to opera.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Balancing solo and choral singing.
Do you have a favorite performer?
Do you have a favorite role? Aria? Opera?
I love Cherubino with all my heart. My favorite aria I’ve ever sung is the Fire Aria from Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. One of my all-time favorite operas is Britten’s Peter Grimes, although I’m not sure what that says about me.
Do you have any favorite books about music?
This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin.
What else are you reading?
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
Who are your favorite 17th and 18th century composers?
Bach, Schütz, and Monteverdi.
If you were stranded on a desert island, is there one piece of music you would like to have with you?
Britten’s War Requiem.
What do you love about HOC?
The welcoming community that is full of laughs.
Do you have a favorite memory from a past HOC event?
Putting on my furry goat pants for the first time as Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not making music?
I love to garden and to pet my dog.
What is the first thing you think about in the morning?
Do you have any heroes/heroines?
What music do you listen to most often?
If you had not entered into your current career what do you think you would have done instead?
I would have become a journalist.