Kathleen returns to Opera Columbus for Madama Butterfly to begin the 2018-19 season, on the heels of a successful debut leading the Schwabacher Scenes Concert for the Merola Program. Recent highlights include Carmen at opera Columbus, Le nozze di Figaro at Wolf Trap, the Viennese rarity Arizona Lady at Arizona Opera, and Ariadne on Naxos at the Glimmerglass Festival, which was nominated for an International Opera Award. She led the 2014 West Coast premiere of A Coffin in Egypt at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles. Other recent projects include Giulio Cesare in Egitto, L’heure espangole, Gianni Schicchi, Cosi fan tutte, Dinner at Eight, and the initial workshops of Bright Sheng’s new opera The Dream of the Red Chamber, Michael Schachter’s Black Clown, and Kristin Kuster’s Kept.
Kathleen was an assistant at the Metropolitan Opera from 1997–2006, specializing in works of Wagner, Strauss, and Berg. While music director of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she conducted her own chamber music arrangement of Hansel and Gretel in a remarkable production by Basil Twist. From 2003–2008 Kathleen was also the Music Director of the Berkshire Opera, conducting two productions each summer and overseeing the young artist program.