After graduating cum laude from Princeton University, Catherine Treadgold began her career in New York City, where she performed frequently in operas and musicals and joined Actors’ Equity. After being certified as a stage fighter while playing Anne in in the musical Shenandoah, she toured the East Coast with the Musical, Maid Marion and Robin Too, where she played a singing, broadsword-wielding Maid Marion. In 1990 she returned to her hometown of Seattle to earn a Master of Music from the University of Washington.
Career Highlights include the title role in the Mystery of Edwin Drood, several seasons with Northwest Opera in Schools, Etcetera (NOISE), lecturer and soloist for Seattle Opera previews, and nine concerts with Musical Experiences.
For five years she was on the voice faculty of Shoreline Community College, and during the last three years, her one-hour translations/adaptations of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, Jacques Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, and Franz Lehár’s Merry Widow were featured in the college’s opera workshops. For several years she judged the Washington Music Educator’s Solo and Ensemble Contest, including at State, and the 5th Avenue Theatre’s High School Musical Contest. She also taught a class at the 5th Avenue Theatre’s Summer Youth Program.
Favorite opera roles include Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Giulio Cesare in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, and Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring. For several years she performed with the opera quartet, the Operatic Four Players, both at a local restaurant and at events.
These days she is seen most frequently with the vocal/guitar duo, Cat & Jeff, and in classical concerts sponsored by Ladies Musical Club (LMC).