(Born 18 April 1948)
Catherine Malfitano is an American operatic soprano.
She is known for having great vocal versatility, physical grace and with excellent dramatic capabilities she is always in demand.
She made her debut in 1972 as Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff with the Central City Opera in New York, later singing Mimi with them as well.
She went on to sing in other American houses and a few outside the USA before in 1978 she gained wider recognition singing in a telecast of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street from New York City Opera, playing Annina.
Since then, she has sung at most of the major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House in London, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Grand Théâtre de Genève in Geneva, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Paris Opéra, Hamburgische Staatsoper in Hamburg, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and the Salzburg Festival.
One of Catherine Malfitano's best-known roles is Tosca, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1992, after performing opposite Plácido Domingo as Mario Cavaradossi and Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia. The opera was broadcast live from the actual Italian settings where the opera is meant to have taken place- and it was viewed by an audience of millions.
She also had a major success in the title role of Richard Strauss's Salome, notably for ending the "Dance of the Seven Veils" completely nude. She was also naked when she played Jenny in Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny).
She has on more than one ocassion also directed operas - Madama Butterfly (with the Central City Opera in 2005) is just one example.