Katie Bolding '07will be among the numerous chorus members who portray townspeople, pilgrims and revelers in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, this October and March.
She auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera at the urging of a friend and in April 2010, after her second audition, Katie Bolding was invited to join the Met’s extra chorus, an ensemble used in productions with very large casts.
Ms. Bolding, a native of Edmond, Oklahoma, joined the Met after a circuitous route. She and some friends formed a rock band known as the Mudslingers in 1999. The group spent 3 ½ years together, recording a compact disc and performing regularly throughout the state. She also began to explore opera. Twice a month she drove to Amarillo, Texas to study voice with dramatic soprano Mary Jane Johnson.
After graduating from Purchase In 2007, she moved to Dallas and took a job with an architectural firm. That helped pay the bills while she auditioned for chorus positions and small opera roles.
She has since performed in Europe and spent June 10210 studying opera in New Mexico.
In the new year she will be back inTexas making her Dallas Opera debut singing the role of Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
She told the Oklahoman newspaper, “We’re working on Boris right now, and I can’t wait to be onstage in costume. I’ve always been a singer in one way or another, and I still strum my guitar and write songs. That keeps me grounded. For as long as I can afford to do it, I’ll keep pursuing opera. I’ve had so many amazing and rewarding experiences. Being involved in opera helped me realize that hard work really does pay off.”