"Katherine Pracht brought a mezzo of size and quality, and confident dramatic presence, to the complicated title role." review of Elizabeth Cree by John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune.
In 2016-17, Mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht made her Kennedy Center debut as soloist in Philip Glass' Symphony No. 5 with the Washington Chorus. She also sang the US premiere of Richard Wernick's "...and a Time for Peace" with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and created several roles in workshops of new operas: Florence Williams in a workshop of Susan Kander’s The News From Poems, Hester Prynne in Eric Sawyer's The Scarlet Professor, Eve in Julian Wachner and Cerise Jacobs’ Rev 23 for the Prototype Festival. Additionally, Ms. Pracht performed Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles accompanied by Bright Sheng and Michael Barrett for The Intimacy of Creativity 2017 Festival in Hong Kong, and reprised Philip Glass' Symphony No. 5 for Trinity Wall Street, she sang Arias and Barcarolles in her debut with New York Festival of Song, and sang the role of Lady Wang in Bright Sheng's Dream of the Red Chamber on tour in China, the role of Mariam in Sheila Silver's A Thousand Splendid Suns in workshop for American Opera Projects, a world premiere of Karl Jenkins' Sing! The Music was Given and a reprisal of The Armed Man at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and the title role in Elizabeth Cree for Chicago Opera Theater, co-producer of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell's world premiere with Opera Philadelphia. Recent engagements in 2018-2019 include Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra NOW, a reprisal of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with York Symphony, Pracht’s debut with Madison Opera as Charlotte in A Little Night Music, and her critically-acclaimed role debut Ottavia in Florentine Opera’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Upcoming performances in 2019-2020 include the role of Kate Julian in Britten’s Owen Wingrave for her debut with the Little Opera Theater of New York, the role of Linette in Opera Philadelphia‘s The Love for Three Oranges, mezzo-soprano solos in Duruflé Requiem with Christopher Bell conducting The Washington Chorus, Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light with Stan Engebretson conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Lawrence Golan conducting York Symphony.
In the 2014-15 season, Pracht made role debuts as Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera, Ariel in the World Premiere of Joseph Summer’s The Tempest for The Shakespeare Concerts in Boston (recorded by Albany Records), and Flora Bervoix in Opera Philadelphia’s La Traviata. She covered the role of Baroness “Nica” in Daniel Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD commissioned for Opera Philadelphia, and sang Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the York Symphony, and Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with Grand Rapids Symphony. In 2013-14, Pracht made her Carnegie Hall debut as Alto Soloist in Verdi's Requiem, her debut with Opera Company of Philadelphia as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, twice sang Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis for Central City Opera with the Colorado Symphony and for Chicago’s New Millennium Orchestra, Meg in Little Women directed by David Gately for Opera on the James, two concerts with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus singing John Corigliano’s Fern Hill and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Alto solos in Elijah for Blacksburg Master Chorale, Mozart’s Requiem for NYC’s Choral Society of Grace Church, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Black Pearl Orchestra. Pracht’s 2012-13 season began with the role of Mrs. McLean in Florentine Opera’s production of Susannah, followed by the role of Guenevere in Orchestra Kentucky's Camelot, and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Opera on the James. The 2011 season included her Dallas Opera debut as Stephano in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, followed by a turn as Rosina in Opera on the James's Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the role of Julia in the World Premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Rivals for Skylight Opera Theatre. In 2010, Pracht made her international/Radio France debut singing Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Lyrique-en-mer Festival in Belle-ile, and her Avery Fisher Hall debut in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the American Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Pracht has been a Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional finalist in San Antonio, Memphis, and twice in Minneapolis, where, in 2006, she won the Outstanding Mezzo Award.