"Leading the way was Catherine Hooper in the title role. The opera's most famous aria, largely known as Handel's Largo, opens the opera, but she had far more complicated arias to get round, peaking in the last act with an aria of fire and fury straight out of the top drawer."

Xerxes in Xerxes (Handel), Byre Opera
The Courier (June 2018)

"Hooper undeniably dominated the “stage” both with her confident arias and with the barely noticeable mannerisms she attributed to Liesgen. This aspect was certainly a highlight of Coffee Cantata, as many of her shrugs, eye-rolls and gazes in the distance would have been lost in a wider theatrical space."

Lieschen in Coffee Cantata (Bach), University of St Andrews Opera Society
The Saint (April 2018)

"Catherine Hooper portrayed temperamental and playful Lieschen, with confidence and charisma familiar to audience members who watched her in multiple previous productions, such as the Byre Opera’s Cunning Little Vixen."

Lieschen in Coffee Cantata (Bach), University of St Andrews Opera Society
Owl Eyes Magazine (April 2018)

"The real treats came from the newcomers, with some impressive young singers, led by a sweet, fresh-voiced Vixen from Catherine Hooper."

Vixen Sharp-Ears in The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček), Byre Opera
Seen and Heard International (June 2017)


January 2019

Catherine is thrilled to have accepted a place at the Royal College of Music for September 2019, to begin her postgraduate studies in vocal performance under the tuition of Rosa Mannion.

June 2018
Catherine and Sean Heath were recently featured on Classic FM's Facebook page, performing the famous first aria from Handel's Xerxes
Ombra mai fu. Just click on the video below to have a listen!

May 2017

Catherine was delighted to appear on BBC Radio Scotland: Classics Unwrapped with some of her fellow cast members from Byre Opera's production of The Cunning Little Vixen. To hear them discussing the opera and singing a few excerpts, click here.

Photographs by Jessica Cooper
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