A native of Houston, Texas, Kathryn Cavenaugh Knauer, soprano, began her life in the operatic world with Houston Grand Opera’s world premier performance of Wallace’s HARVEY MILK as ‘Medora Payne’. She then made her New York City Opera debut with the same role the same year. She also performed in numerous small rolls with Houston Grand Opera. She has also performed the roles of ‘Fiordiligi’ in Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE, ‘Barbarina’ from Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, “Laetitia” in Menotti’s THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF, and “First Knitter” in Barab’s A GAME OF CHANCE, "Pamina" in Mozart's Die ZAUBERFLÖTE, "Violetta" in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, and "Mother" in Menotti's AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS. Ms. Knauer has also enjoyed performing as the soprano soloist of many masterworks such as Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA, Ralph Vaughn Williams ' DONA NOBIS PACEM, Brahms' REQUIEM, Handel’s MESSIAH, Mozart’s REQUIEM, Poulenc’s GLORIA, Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, Rutter’s MAGNIFICAT and REQUIEM, Haydn’s MISSA BREVIS ST JOANNIS DE DEO, and Chilcott's REQUIEM. She has had the opportunity to work closely with great artists such as baritone Sherill Milnes, soprano Maria Spacagna, directors Tito Capobianco, Christopher Alden, David Alden and Francesca Zambello.