Catherine Carby studied at the Canberra School of Music and the Royal College of Music, London. In Australia, she has performed with the major opera companies including Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Victoria State Opera and West Australian Opera in roles including Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Countess Geschwitz Lulu, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award, Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title role in Carmen, Mallika Lakmé, Ruggiero Alcina, Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Nicklausse Les contes d’Hoffmann, Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia, Smeraldina The Love for Three Oranges, Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Fenena Nabucco.
Catherine Carby was a finalist in several major competitions including the Kathleen Ferrier Award, the Richard Tauber Award and the Young Concert Artists Trust. Other roles have included Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Elcia Mosé in Egitto for Chelsea Opera Group, Aurelio L’Assiedo di Calais, Rodrigo Pia de’Tolomei, the title role in Iphigénie en Tauride, Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Idamante Idomeneo and Rossini Fireworks! for English Touring Opera, Nikona Siberia for the Festival de Radio France Montpellier Occitanie, Orpheus Orpheus and Eurydice for English National Opera, Vitige Flavio and the title role in Muzio Scaevola at the London Handel Festival, Ino / Juno Semele with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Minerva The Return of Ulysses, Penelope Il ritorno d’Ulisse for Pinchgut Opera, Soeur Mathilde Dialogues des Carmélites,Spirit of Antonia’s Mother Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Second Maid Elektra,Voice from Above Die Frau ohne Schatten, Emilia Otello, Annina La traviata and Siegrune Die Walküre for The Royal Opera, London, DonRamiro La finta giardiniera at the Buxton Festival, Kate Pinkerton Madam Butterfly for English National Opera, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier for Scottish Opera and Brangäne Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Festival Opera and at the Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon. With The Royal Ballet, London, she has appeared as Katharina Schratt Mayerling.
Concert engagements have included Elgar The Music Makers with the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra C.P.E. Bach Magnificat with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, Elgar The Music Makers with the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and Sea Pictures with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Messiah for the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and at the Three Choirs Festival, Haydn Arianna auf Naxos with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Missa in tempore Belli with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Paukenmesse with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Theresienmesse with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Jenkins: 75th Birthday Celebration Concerts for Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Gardner Chamber Orchestra in Boston, Mozart Mass in C for the Polski Chór Kameralny, Mozart Requiem with the Sydney Philharmonia, Der Rosenkavalier with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Girls’ Night Out (A Celebration of the Music of Richard Strauss) for the State Opera of South Australia, Taverner Supernatural Songs with the City of London Sinfonia, a Verdi Gala for the Hallé Orchestra Verdi Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and an Opera Gala with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Her recordings and broadcasts include Satanella for Naxos CD, The Mountebanks for Dutton Epoch CD, Messiah for BBC Radio 3, Mayerling and La traviata for Opus DVD / Blu Ray, The Love for Three Oranges for Chandos CD, Les contes d’Hoffmann for Sony CD / Blu Ray, Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Australia CD / DVD / Blu Ray, La traviata and Mayerling for Opus Arte / Blu Ray DVD and Classic 100 Opera for ABC.
Engagements during 2021 / 2022 include Sara, Duchess of NottinghamRoberto Devereux for Chelsea Opera Group, Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice for Opus 48, a recording as Mauxalinda The Dragon of Wantley for Resonus Classics, Dvorak Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival and an Opera Galawith the London Mozart Players.
Her recording as Prue in Malcolm Arnold’s The Dancing Master with the BBC Concert Orchestra, now available on Resonus Classics, won the 2021 BBC Music Magazine Opera Recording of the Year Award, and was also selected by BBC Record Review as Record of the Week, as Editor’s Choice by Gramophone, as Critics’ Choice by Opera News and as a Sunday Times Album of the Week. The Royal Opera, London’s release on Opus Arte Blu Ray / DVD of Die Walküre on which she sings Siegrune won the 2021 BBC Music Magazine DVD of the Year.