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Katerina Souvorova


Dr. Katerina Souvorova is an accomplished pianist as well as a distinguished professional opera and vocal coach. She earned her D.M.A., M.M, and Artist Diploma degrees with highest honors in piano performance from the Conservatory of Belarus. Following her studies, she taught piano at the Conservatory of Belarus. She also was a coach for the State Academy of the Bolshoi Opera in Minsk for more than ten years, where she worked with internationally known conductors, producers and singers.

She has lived in the United States since 1996 and was one of the founders of a new community opera company, CPCC Opera Theater in Charlotte, NC, where she served as Music Director. As a soloist and collaborative artist, she has made numerous recordings of repertoire that spans a wide range of composers and nationalistic styles.

In 2001, Katerina Souvorova joined the faculty at George Mason University, where she worked as a vocal coach, training singers in many aspects of operatic style and interpretation and preparing them for performances of La Boheme and Cosi fan Tutte.  Currently, Dr. Souvorova works as a vocal coach on the faculty of the Catholic University of America.

Dr. Souvorova's work with the Baltimore Opera as a principal accompanist included Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Strauss’s Salome, Puccini’s Fanciulla del West, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Katerina Souvorova is Founder and General and Artistic Director of Bel Cantanti Opera. She started the company in 2003 working with a handful of young singers, in preparation for Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Bel Cantanti’s first fully staged opera production. Through her love for the music and art of opera, and her desire to support young operatic talent, Dr. Souvorova continues to develop the company and lead it from one success to another.

Dr. Souvorova’s work was highly acclaimed by Joe McClellan, the late classical music critic emeritus of The Washington Post who said: "...Katerina Souvorova, [is] a pianist of international stature and vocal coach of extraordinary talent…We can credit her with a high level of skill, both in music and in human relations, and an even higher level of determination. Perhaps that is why, observing Souvorova in action, I keep being reminded of my first close operatic acquaintance, Sarah Caldwell."