American mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin (Sara Miller) makes her WNO debut with this production. An alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Catherine performed roles such as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Anna in Maria Stuarda, Flora in La traviata, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. Catherine debuted with Glimmerglass Opera as Amneris in Aida, a role she reprised with Opera Santa Barbara. She returns to Glimmerglass as the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos in 2014. Other recent highlights include Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with New Haven Symphony, and Nicklausse in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zaida in Il turco in Italia with Wolf Trap Opera. Winner of the 2011 National Opera Association Competition, Catherine was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a finalist in the 2012 George London Competition, and won awards in the Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera.