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Kathleen Torchia - lyric soprano, a native and current resident of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Founder of Capitol Operas in Sacramento, Harrisburg, Raleigh, and Albany. General Director of Capitol Operas Sacramento and Harrisburg.
OPERA REVIEW OF CAPITOL OPERA'S PRODUCTION OF MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Patricia Beach-Smith, the Sacramento Bee Arts Critic - 03/25/2000
"Net result positive as Capitol Opera stages 'Madama Butterfly"
Feel sorry for Cio-Cio San in "Madama Butterfly." Who wouldn't pity the deceived teenager?
But be happy for the soprano who portrayed her so well in Capitol Opera Sacramento's
opening-night performance of Giacomo Puccini's masterwork, which is set in 19th century Japan.
Be happy also for Capitol Opera, which very successfully mounted its most ambitious production to date.
As Madama Butterfly, Kathleen Torchia-Sizemore deftly took the naive 15-year-old bride through
a broad range of emotions and vocal challenges, to the brave, betrayed 18-year-old mother at
the opera's gut-wrenching conclusion. Vocally and dramatically, Torchia-Sizemore led the cast
in this soprano's tour de force.
Sacramento Magazine September 2001
Capitol Opera Sacramento
founder and general director,
Her arias may be powerful enough to evoke a listener's every emotion from deep sympothy to pure jubilation,
her devout passion for opera that has benefited entire communities as Kathleen Torchia continues
to make beautiful music available for the masses. As founder and general director of the 10-year-old
Capitol Opera Sacramento (formerly the Voice Fitness Institute), Torchia has expanded her efforts
beyond her original goals of offering affordable opera to Sacramento residents, providing a performing venue
for local talent and encouraging young vocalists to continue their studies by offering scholarships every year.
"Opera is something that has been kept for the elite and I think that is unfortunate. There is a whole other
world of people who need to be exposed to it.," says Torchia, who still charges $12-$15 admission even though
the company recently renovated its modest space in Carmichael with risers and real theater seats from the old
Sacramento Inn Cinemas. "You can't see a full-blown, fully produced, costumed, staged-with-live-music opera in
the world for $12. It has to benefit the community or it's not important to me. It's my mission to bring opera into
Torchia retired a year ago from teaching voice to devote more time to creating similar opera companies in the
capitals of other states. She recently inaugurated her first satellite company in Harrisburg, PA., by performing
the role of Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme.
Originally from the East Coast, Torchia performed professionally in Philadelphia and studied in Italy before
moving to Sacramento. Capitol Opera Sacramento presents 5 major productions each season, three operas and 2 musicals.
Kathleen Torchia, Lyric Soprano, is a native and current resident of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
She has also lived in Philadelphia (four years) and Sacramento, California (thirty).
She is the Founder of Capitol Operas Sacramento, Harrisburg, Raleigh, and Albany, and is also
the General Director for Capitol Operas Sacramento and Harrisburg.
Having studied on both the East and West coasts, and also in Florence, Italy, her repertoire
consists mainly of the Puccini lyric roles, including Mimi (La Bohème), Cio-Cio san (Madama Butterfly),
Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Tosca (Tosca), and Liu (Turandot), as well as leading roles in many new works
& musicals, one of which she performed in the Fall of 2005 in New York just off Broadway, on 42nd Street.
She has been also the featured soloist in Haydn's Creation, Honegger's King David, Handel's Messiah,Saint-Saëns'
Christmas Oratorio, and Mozart's Requiem.
Featured in the "Italian Lake Concert Series" in Harrisburg in 2006 as a tribute to the 250th Anniversary
of Mozart's birth, she was featured again in the summer of 2008 as Mimi in a La Bohème, a role she repeated
in its entirety in November, 2008. The following year she was once again featured as a soloist in the Italian
Lake Concert Series.
She is asked frequently by the City of Harrisburg, the local school districts, and the local military
organizations to sing the National Anthem, and recently highlighted Mayor Stephen Reed's Inaugural Ceremony
with a beautiful rendition of God Bless America.
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