Katelyn Lee - Chicago a cappella

Katelyn Lee


Recognized by Chicago Classical Review as having a “beautifully bright” and “silvery” tone, American soprano Katelyn Lee is making her mark in Chicago and across the United States.

Known for her ability to sing numerous styles with ease, Katelyn is regularly sought after to perform opera, art song, musical theatre, and oratorio. This versatility has provided her with the opportunity to collaborate with notable arts organizations across the country.

Katelyn has performed numerous opera and musical theatre roles. She has sung in multiple productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago, including the title role in Hansel and Gretel. Other companies include Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theater, Ozarks Lyric Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, and Folks Operetta. Notable roles include Romilda in Serse, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Doris Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, Cunegonde in Candide, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and the Female Narrator in the world premiere of Jason and the Argonauts.

In concert, Katelyn has sung a wide variety of repertoire. She is a frequent soloist with Music of the Baroque, led by world-renowned conductor, Dame Jane Glover. Recently with MOB, Katelyn sang the role of Angel in Handel’s Jephtha. In April of 2023, Katelyn performed the role of Nellie Forbush in concert with the New Philharmonic Orchestra alongside Nathan Gunn and Ann Harada. Other credits include Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Master Singers, and Chicago a cappella.

Katelyn is currently based in Chicago and lives with her husband and tenor, Joe Shadday and their cat, Liza. She is a proud Midwesterner, originally hailing from Springfield, Missouri.

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